The HITECH ACT
The final package of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (or ARRA), was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009. The HITECH Act refers to the projected $20 to $30 billion set aside to provide incentives and other support. for Health Information Technology (HIT) infrastructure and EMR adoption.
The ARRA HITECH Act specifies incentive payments for hospitals, clinicians, and other eligible healthcare professionals. The incentive programs require that the provider demonstrate “Meaningful Use” of a certified EMR product. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Healthcare IT is responsible for Standards and Certification; it defines the criteria by which EMR technology will be certified and whom will be accredited to certify such technology.