PPACA's passage overshadowed the first massive investment in HIT, made possible by the passage of the economic stimulus bills.  A report summarizing how funds for the Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act were used in the last 12 or so months.

The link below will take you to a summary & a link to the full report.

 

"The report, informed by interviews with 24 leading health IT experts, provides a candid assessment of the progress made to date, the challenges that lie ahead, and what specific actions Congress and the Administration should take to achieve HITECH’s ambitious goal of jump-starting the adoption of health IT. 

The report suggests that HITECH is a major step forward, and expresses optimism that its investments can lead to measurable improvements in the health care system, especially when complemented by the types of payment reforms included in recently-enacted health care reform legislation (the “Affordable Care Act”). The report also suggests that course corrections are needed in some areas to assure that the transformative potential of health IT envisioned in HITECH is fully realized."

http://www.manatt.com/newsevents.aspx?id=11688

Tags: EHR, HIT, HITECH, IT, Manatt, PPACA, chronic_disease, health_IT, healthcare_reform, interoperability, More…meaningful_use, medical_errors, patient_safety

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