The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The purpose of this legislation was to motivate the implementation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. It also addressed privacy and security concerns related to the digitization of Protected Health Information (PHI). Through HITECH, healthcare organizations are responsible for disclosing breaches, as well as holding their Business Associates and service providers responsible for compliance.
While HITECH and HIPAA are completely separate laws, they must be addressed in tandem for full compliance.
How is it broken down?
Generally, HITECH can be conceptually broken down by:
- EHR Access
- Breach Notification
- Business Associates and Business Associate Agreements
Who does it affect?
HITECH must be followed by anyone who is required to comply with HIPAA (Covered Entities and Business Associates of those Covered Entities).
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