HITECH Act Technology and Controls
The HITECH Act requires providers applying for financial incentives for meaningful use to engage in a number of very specific data collection, storage, and exchange activities. A large percentage of healthcare providers that might qualify for these financial incentives are small practices—essentially small businesses. These small businesses rarely have the resources available to purchase and maintain the technology necessary to qualify for these incentives. Providers have chosen a variety of solutions including partnering with large health systems that might provide the services as part of the partnership or choosing to outsource the work to a third party.
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