The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was signed into effect in 2009, and upon its mandate, $19.2 billion was allocated toward increasing the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) by physicians and hospitals. However, this increase in healthcare data being managed electronically ultimately made the medical community vulnerable to data breaches as their patient’s personal information became high risk. Because of this, the HITECH Act had a significant effect on the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), where regulations needed to become more stringent in order to combat the enhanced risk of cyber threats.
HITECH changed the game drastically by expanding the compliance requirements of HIPAA. In fact, the original HIPAA requirements pale in comparison. What’s more, it forced healthcare organizations to make compliance a top priority. If you’re an IT provider servicing the healthcare industry, here are the most significant changes you need to be aware of.