Provisions of the HITECH Act hold promise to increase use of health information technology and improve the quality and efficiency of care, but big challenges remain to reach that promise, according to a new report.
The health care division of New York law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips interviewed 24 industry experts representing hospitals, group practices, delivery systems, government agencies, employers, community health centers, quality improvement organizations, and consumer and privacy advocates. The resulting report, "HITECH Revisited," looks at the progress and challenges so far to adopt the law's provisions, and mid-course corrections that are needed. Recommendations include:
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