The HITECH Act or the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of the HITECH Act is to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Healthcare providers are expected to convert to electronic health records by 2015. Early adopters can apply for financial incentives. Late adopters will face penalties.
This transition to EHR has brought HIPAA back into the spotlight. Significant changes include:
Transition to Electronic Health Records
Pouch Records Management offers the facilities and services to assist healthcare providers in identifying a manageable, cost effective transition to electronic health records (EHR) while staying compliant with HIPAA regulations.
AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) is a health information management (HIM) professional association over 59,000 members strong. Since its founding in 1928, AHIMA has remained committed to quality healthcare through quality information.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is officially Public Law 111-5 and was signed on February 17, 2009. Please view the ARRA - HITECH website for more information.