Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act
Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Initialisms
|Short Form||Full Form|
|ARRA||American Recovery and Reinvestment Act|
|EHR||Electronic Health Record|
|HIPAA||Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act|
|HITECH||Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health|
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and creates incentives related to health care information technology, including incentives for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems among providers.
Because HITECH legislation results in an expansion in the exchange of electronic protected health information (ePHI), it also widens the scope of privacy and security protections under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), including increasing legal liability for non-compliance and more enforcement actions.
HITECH provides financial incentives to “eligible professionals” for the meaningful use of certified qualified EHRs.
- The HITECH Act was created to stimulate the adoption of EHR and supporting technology.
- The HITECH Act provides financial incentives for the meaningful use of certified qualified EHRs.