Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP), asked HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to delay Meaningful Use Stage 3. After hearing testimony from providers, Alexander said his “instinct” was to tell Secretary Burwell, “Let’s not go backwards on electronic healthcare records, but let's not impose on physicians and hospitals a system that doesn't work, and which they spend most of their time dreading. Half the doctors are now paying penalties rather than participating. We want something physicians buy into, rather than something they dread." The discussion was part of a larger hearing focused on EHR interoperability and information sharing.