Provider HITECH Roadmap
Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes the HITECH Act, which is designed to accelerate the adoption of interoperable electronic health records (EHRs) and other health information technology (HIT), and to promote health information exchanges (HIEs).
The HITECH Act is not merely about technology implementation; it is about improving health outcomes through the application and use of technology. Meaningful use is derived from this concept. The intent is to have “meaningful users” who don't just purchase a certified EHR system but who use it in a meaningful way to improve clinical outcomes.
The goal is for health care providers to use EHR-captured and -generated measures to monitor key policy outcomes. While the requirements for EHRs differ for eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs), they are both derived from the National Priorities Partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (NQF) in 2008 and stress achievement of the following national priorities to help focus performance improvement efforts:
- Improve quality, safety, and efficiency and reduce health disparities