Advancing Nationwide, Trusted Health Information Networks

By Seth Pazinski, Peter Karras, & Kim Lundberg – Health IT has become integral to health care delivery and this trend has accelerated since the passage of the HITECH Act of 2009. Hundreds of thousands of physician offices, hospitals, and health systems now use ONC-certified health IT to store, process, access, exchange, and use EHI, setting the groundwork for nationwide interoperability.

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Restructuring the OCR

By Art Gross – The Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights is responsible for enforcing and protecting civil rights and privacy rights in the healthcare industry. With the increasing number of complaints and reviews regarding HIPAA and the HITECH Act, the OCR has recently undergone…

Safe Harbor Bill

By Art Gross – In our blog earlier last year that provided an overview of 2009’s HITECH Act we discussed how this was designed to promote the use of electronic health records within the healthcare system and its providers. As is with most things, time goes on and often reveals…

Annual Reflections at the End of 2018

By William Hersh MD – I always use my last posting of the year to this blog to reflect on the year past. As I have noted each year, this blog started at the time of a major transformation for the informatics field, namely the HITECH Act.