Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act

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Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health ActThe Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Actwas enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The actwas signed into law in February the year 2009. The aim of this Act was to promoteadoption and use of information technology in a useful manner (Kevin & Michael,2011).This Act was meant to help provide incentives related to health careinformation technology so as to facilitate creation of a better health care infrastructure(Act, 2010).The incentives also are aimed at accelerating the rate of adoption ofElectronic Health records (EHR) with this Act, there was to be a massive exchange ofpatient information, and therefore it necessitated the need for laws to govern thesharing patient information. The HITECH also widens the scope of privacy andsecurity measures. This Act also increases liability for those who fail to comply.HITECH imposed mandatory penalties for willful neglect with the penaltiesdetermined on a case by case basis. The penalties were set at a minimum of$250,000.This was mean to enhance the enforcement of the ACT and to help protect the privacyof citizens. The Act imposed notification requirement for data breaches for peoplewho are not authorized. In case of any unsecured breach of a patients` information,the act requires that patients need to be notified promptly.After the enactment and implementation of HITECH Act, there were many events thatwere not expected that occurred. Some of the policies were too strict and thisdiscouraged innovation. An example is the Clean Air and Clean water act underHITECH which helped to contribute to cleaner market but also crippled innovation.The market forces should be allowed to dictate restrictions. The use of value based
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