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THE INTERSECTION OF HIPAA & THE HITECH ACT
The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act was meant to enforce certain rules within the HIPAA Omnibus Rule. It’s important that those in healthcare IT understand the relationship between the two. The HITECH Act’s stated aim was to improve the on-boarding and meaningful use of HIT. In doing so, the HITECH Act also affected the standards Health and Human Services (HHS) used to evaluate hospitals and expanded the scope of jurisdiction. It also bolstered the HHS OCR’s (Office for Civil Rights) tools of enforcement. Georgina Verdugo, director of the OCR, said that added vigilance would help convince consumers of the privacy and security of their health information and protected personal information (PPI). DEREK SEYMOUR READ MORE