An information technology (IT) leader is pleading with policymakers in Washington to do what they have to do to make U.S. electronic health record (EHR) systems truly "interoperable," or easy to connect.

Neal Patterson, the founder and chief executive officer of Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq:CERN), blasted the current state of U.S. health IT interoperability efforts Wednesday at a health IT hearing organized by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.