Health Information Management

Enforcement reaches new level: HITECH Act features stiffer penalties for privacy breaches

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 14, 2009

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It’s just one part of the much-publicized American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, but Title XIII, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, is a significant development for healthcare organizations. The stimulus package provides more than $19 billion for the adoption of EHRs.

However, the anticipated growth in EHR usage means there is a greater need to adequately protect patients’ information as it travels between health record exchanges. Toward that goal, the HITECH Act contains provisions to better manage the flow of protected health information.

Editor’s note: For more information about HITECH or to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Briefings on HIPAA have access to this article in the April issue of the newsletter.



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