Protecting Patient Health Information in the HITECH Era: Security Challenges for Adopting Health Information Technology to Comply With HIPAA and the HITECH Act
The American Healthcare system is getting a complete facelift thanks to incentives to adopt Health Information Technology introduced by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Signed into law by President Barack Obama in February 2009, the HITECH Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is also part of the broader healthcare reform initiative championed by President Obama. That agenda includes a push for the adoption of interoperable data capture, storage and transmission protocols in healthcare systems. New health information technology is considered to be a vital step in the drive to reduce costs, gain efficiencies, and ultimately to improve patient care.