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9/29/2014
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Alison Diana
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25 Years Of Health IT: A Complicated Journey

Policy changes and consumer pressures have spurred huge changes in health IT. Take a look back at how we got here -- and where we're going.
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HITECH and HIPAA
Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the HITECH Act -- or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act -- broadened the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA; increased the potential legal liability for non-compliance; and expanded enforcement. It also contained incentives related to healthcare IT, which sparked a flurry of spending among providers, payers, and business associates.
Confusion continues to this day: Although the industry initially viewed HIPAA as a toothless protection, today the government actively pursues those it believes violated patient privacy. And some developers cite HIPAA as one reason they are slow to develop apps for healthcare.

HITECH and HIPAA
Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the HITECH Act -- or Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act -- broadened the scope of privacy and security protections available under HIPAA; increased the potential legal liability for non-compliance; and expanded enforcement. It also contained incentives related to healthcare IT, which sparked a flurry of spending among providers, payers, and business associates.

Confusion continues to this day: Although the industry initially viewed HIPAA as a toothless protection, today the government actively pursues those it believes violated patient privacy. And some developers cite HIPAA as one reason they are slow to develop apps for healthcare.

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Amazing Journey
When you think about the number of physician practices, clinics, hospitals, and other providers around the country, it truly is incredible to see the growth in EHR adoption. That said, the industry still has a long way to go, which everyone agrees. Looking back at the pictures kindly shared by Cleveland Clinic and UPMC, it's amazing to see how far healthcare IT has come. (I didn't include more general inventions such as the web, Internet, or PCs; it's hard to imagine just about any industry without those!)

 
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