Five Things You Need to Know About the HITECH Act - Slide 4

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How do patients protect privacy?

At every step in the process, patients, not hospitals or doctor's offices or pharmacies, should determine what information is included in their cumulative electronic health records and which of their providers should have access to those records, according to Patient Privacy Rights.

BentleyThe HITECH Act became law a little over a year ago, as part of the Obama Administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We know that it set aside stimulus money for hospitals and medical practices to implement electronic medical records systems, and we know that it extends the reach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance requirements to business associates of organizations that are directly subject to HIPAA.

Going through a year's worth of blog posts and interviews on the subject, Lora Bentley unearthed answers to five common questions regarding the legislation and the issues it raises from such experts as Patient Privacy Rights executive director Ashley Katz and Goodwin Procter senior counsel Jacqueline Klosek, among others.


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