Broad coalition pushes for quick action on health IT

With Congress looking to wrap up its legislative year, industry and nonprofit groups that have pushed for passage of legislation to create a nationwide system of electronic health records are turning up the heat on Capitol Hill.

More than 175 stakeholders, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, AstraZeneca, Cisco Systems, and Pfizer will send a letter to members of the House and Senate today hoping to spur action.

“Our organizations all share the downstream effects of our inefficient healthcare system, particularly rising healthcare costs,” states the letter from the Health IT Now Coalition, which will be unveiled at a morning briefing.

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