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THREE PARTS OF THE HITECH ACT

  • 97615487.jpgCreate standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for HIT Infrastructure interoperability
  • Implement the HIT Infrastructure and electronic health records ("EHRs") through grants, loan funds, incentive programs, and information sharing; and
  • Encourage the use of the HIT Infrastructure by improving information privacy and security

Assistance for HIT Implementation

The HITECH portion of ARRA includes more than $20 billion to foster adoption of HIT and for the development of a national infrastructure to facilitate the communication of health information. The Act appropriated HIT funding in the following categories:

  • $2 billion for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) to be used for grants
  • $17.2 billion in incentives through the Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement systems to assist providers in adopting electronic health records (EHRs) through increases in their payments if they are "meaningfully" using EHRs (described later).
  • $2.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program.
  • $1.5 billion for construction, renovation and equipment for health centers through the Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • $85 million for health IT, including telehealth services, within the Indian Health Service.
  • $50 million for information technology within the Veterans Benefits Administration.

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Examples for Use of Funding

Certified EHRs
E-prescribing
Document Imaging
Order Entry
Health Information Exchange (HIE) between providers
Consumer portals

Jake A. Levy, CEO
Health Tech Associates, LLC 5560 Windy Ridge Drive, Atlanta GA 30332
Phone: 678-481-0278 • jake@healthtechassociates.com