HITECH

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is a U.S. federal act designed to promote the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and the relevant supporting technology. The HITECH Act was created to help regulate the expansion of protected health information (PHI) in electronic form, called ePHI, that happens between doctors, hospitals and other organizations in order to reduce costs. The HITECH Act expanded on the privacy and security protections offered under HIPAA and levies fines and legal liability for noncompliance. Early adopters of the act who demonstrated meaningful use of EHRs were provided with financial incentives. Penalties for noncompliance with the act started in 2015.

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