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muWhat does HITECH stand for?

The acronym "HITECH" stands for Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinic Health. 

What is the HITECH Act's purpose?

The HITECH Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009, nestled under Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The Act lays the ground work for promoting the adoption of electronic health records through meaningful use and health information technology. 

Why is Subtitle D of the HITECH Act important?

Subtitle D within the HITECH Act addresses the importance of privacy and security in relation to transmission of electronic health record information across different channels. It also breaks down the severity of punishment tied to violating any privacy and security regulations tied to the release of health information. 

To read the bill in full, click here.

What is "meaningful use"?

Meaningful use means that a covered entity or a healthcare facility can show that they are successfully "using certified EHR technology in ways that it can be measured by quality and quantity".  

What does the future hold for meaningful use?

In January at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt explained that soon meaningful use would be "replaced with something better". He went on to say that "programs designed to improve often distract..." Healthcare CIOs around the nation have seemed to praise Slavitt's decision and announcement, as one CIO explained that meaningful use just "doesn't seem to be adding value". 

To read Slavitt's full explanation on the future of meaningful use on the CMS blog, click here.


- Allison Stejskal, Digital Content Manager

CITE: The CMS BlogHealthcare