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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
by Alex Ruoff
Five years after the Health Information Technology for
Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was signed into law, one patient
advocacy organization said health IT tools have become essential to health-care
reform thanks to HITECH.
Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for
Women & Families, said in a statement that the widespread use of electronic
health records by providers made possible by the HITECH Act’s Medicare and
Medicaid EHR Incentive programs are “helping to facilitate much-needed culture
change by empowering patients.”
“By facilitating access to their own health information and
easy, electronic communication with their providers, health IT is enabling
patients and families to become partners in their health and care, improving
our entire system,” Ness said.
Ness said more work should be done to “fully implement
health IT in ways that help our health care system meet the needs of patients,
caregivers and providers.” The HITECH Act was signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009.
Ness’s statement is at: http://www.nationalpartnership.org/news-room/press-releases/five-years-after-hitech-act.html
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