HITECH at a Glance
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). HITECH priority areas include:
- Electronic Health Records
- Health Information Exchanges
- Increased Privacy/Security Requirements
- Outcome Registries
- Promotion of HIT Standards and Interoperability
- Clinical Reporting
Under the HITECH Act, government expenditures through the EHR incentive program for transfer payments to Medicare and Medicaid providers (professionals and hospitals), are projected to be as high as $27.4 billion over the next 10 years.
The HITECH Act is not merely about technology implementation; it is about improving 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 system but who use it in a meaningful way to improve clinical outcomes.
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