Yesterday the HELP Committee approved the “Wired for Health Care Quality Act,

The bill will lay the foundation for technology and information sharing among doctors, hospitals, and insurers to ensure that patient data, insurance and medical histories are available wherever and whenever treatment is needed. A Rand Corporation study projected a potential savings of $162 billion a year for the health care industry under the initiative.

Information is power, and this bill puts that power in the hands of doctors and health professionals for the good of their patients. I look forward to bringing this bill to the full Senate for debate so that we can pass health IT legislation and get the power of information to our doctors as quickly as possible.