Policy and Regulation
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) allocates $19 billion in government funds to encourage the healthcare industry to adopt information technology in the way of electronic health records.
Integrating this technological advance will help medical practices prevent medical errors, cut unnecessary costs, limit paperwork and improve the quality of healthcare across the nation. Both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide financial incentives to eligible professionals who are able to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
For consumers, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act potentially means new access to healthcare services that may not have been previously available. For providers, implementation of this law requires creativity and efficiency in delivering those new services so that they can temper rising healthcare costs while still providing patients with the top-notch care that they need.