The federal government, through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), a component of 2009’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is making available 22 billion dollars for the delivery of quality healthcare information systems.
A large portion of HITECH, $19.2 billion, is devoted towards expanding the use of electronic health record (EHRs). The standard against which a successful EHR project is measured is called “meaningful use”. Meaningful Use of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) requirement mandates that organizations must, “implement systems to protect the privacy and security of patient data” and “conduct or review a security risk analysis and implement security updates as necessary, and correct identified security deficiencies.” Other projects provided for by HITECH involve the exchange of information and data between providers, patients, and insurance companies. While many providers are implementing EHR systems today, the vast majority are expected to be fully operational by 2014.
|Top Companies Producing EHR Systems|
|GE Healthcare IT|
|Greenway Medical Technologies|
|Medical Communication Systems|