HITECH Legislation (Transforming Nursing and Healthcare Through Information Technology)

In order for organizations to receive the incentives offered through the HITECH legislation they must be able to demonstrate that they are using the technology in meaningful ways. The following criteria for meaningful use must be evident to qualify for EHR incentives (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 2012). The technology must:
For this Discussion you consider the impact of the meaningful use criteria of the HITECH legislation on the adoption of health information technology.
To prepare:
Post a description of how HITECH legislation has positively or negatively impacted your organization. Address how its related incentives influence the adoption of health information technology in health care and impact the quality of patient care. Provide a summary of the article you identified and explain how it demonstrates the ability of health information technology to meet the requirements of meaningful use.
1 &1/2 pages with 3 references from the below resources APA.
Required Readings
McGonigle D. & Mastrian K. G. (2015). Nursing informatics and the foundation of knowledge (3rd ed.). Burlington MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Arlotto P. (2010). 7 strategies for improving HITECH readiness. hfm(Healthcare Financial Management) 64(11) 9096.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article reviews seven strategies to help prepare for the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The central point of the article focuses on demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records.
Begum R. Smith Ryan M. Winther C. H. Wang J. J. Bardach N. S. Parsons A. H. & Adams Dudley R. (2013). Small Practices Experience With EHR Quality Measurement and Incentives. American Journal Of Managed Care 19eSP128.
This article presents a study of clinicians attitudes toward the use of financial incentives for the implementation of electronic health records in small practices.
Brown B. (2010). The final rules for meaningful use of EHRs. Journal of Health Care Compliance 12(5) 4950.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
In this article the author poses four questions pertaining to the EHR system in the United States. In particular the article examines Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments and the ways the meaningful use of certified EHRs will be verified.
Classen D. C. & Bates D. W. (2011). Finding the meaning in meaningful use. New England Journal of Medicine 365(9) 855858.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article details the challenges of meeting the meaningful use standards in order to receive the benefits legislated under the HITECH Act. The authors specify the requisites for achieving benefits with EHRs the relationship between meaningful use and commercial EHRs and the tools needed to evaluate EHRs after implementation.
Kempfert A. E. & Reed B. D. (2011). Health care reform in the United States: HITECH Act and HIPAA privacy security and enforcement Issues. FDCC Quarterly 61(3) 240273.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
The authors of this article examine HITECH in addition to the impact of the privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The article details the potential negative repercussions of failing to comply with HIPAA and HITECH.
Murphy J. (2010b). Nursing informatics. The journey to meaningful use of electronic health records. Nursing Economic$ 28(4) 283286.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
This article reviews HITECH and the background leading up to its passage. The author also details the financial incentives intended to assist health care providers in purchasing and implementing HIT and EHR systems.
Optional Resources
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2011). Health IT home. Retrieved from http://www.healthit.gov/
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (2012). Regulations and guidance. Retrieved from http://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/health-it-rules-regulations