Strengthened Privacy Protection for Health Information Under the 2009 HITECH Act
Business Law Review
The economic stimulus legislation passed by Congress in February 2009, known as the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 or “ARRA,”1 included funding for computerization of health records as a way of improving the efficiency of the health care system and providing business for the information technology sector of the economy. The electronic health records provisions were included in a portion of ARRA known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or “HITECH Act.”2 In addition to providing approximately $20 billion in funding, Congress included provisions in the HITECH Act which strengthen privacy protection for health information in existing federal regulations adopted in 2003 pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 or “HIPAA”.3
"“Strengthened Privacy Protection for Health Information Under the 2009 HITECH Act” Published in 42 Business Law Review 93 – 106 (2009). (Refereed) "