Privacy Advisor

Privacy and security considerations for EHR incentives and “meaningful use”

One of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’s (ARRA) (Pub. L. No. 111-5) areas of emphasis is expanding the use of health information technology, both in terms of storing and managing medical records in electronic form and in terms of facilitating the exchange of information contained in such records. The Recovery Act included significant funding to provide incentive payments to healthcare providers to adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology; these incentives require eligible providers not only to acquire and install systems, but also to demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic health records (§4101).

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