From the first and second e-Activities, summarize the key features of the HITECH
Act. Next, specify the overall impact of the adoption of The HITECH Act for
health care organizations within the United States.
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The new HITECH Act promises more
rigorous enforcement of HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act of 1996). The legislation includes mandatory penalties for “willful
neglect.” Penalties can be expensive: as much as $250,000, with repeat or uncorrected
violations carrying fees as high as $1.5 million. State attorneys general still
will be responsible for bringing cause of action, but Health and Human Services
is now legally bound to conduct audits of entities covered under the act as
well as related business associates.
The Act requires practices to
notify patients of any unsecured data breaches related to Protected Health
Information (PHI). If a breach affects 500 or more patients, HHS must also be
notified. Notification requirements are triggered whether the breach occurs
internally or externally.
Electronic Health Record Access: The act
requires patients and designated third parties to be given access to their PHI
in an electronic format. This applies to providers who have implemented an EHR
Policing business associates: under
the HITECH Act, business associates are now required to comply with the
measures provided for in the HIPAA Security Rule
The Health Information Technology for
Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) legislation was created in 2009
to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and supporting
technology in the United States. President Obama signed HITECH into law on Feb.
17, 2009, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
economic stimulus bill.
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