Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, The

Enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the HITECH Act, among other objectives, further addresses privacy and security issues involving PHI as defined by HIPAA.  The HITECH privacy provisions include the introduction of categories of violations based on culpability that, in turn, are tied to tiered ranges of civil monetary penalties.  Its most noteworthy elements elaborate upon breach notifications resulting from the use or disclosure of information that compromises its security or privacy.

Link to text of law: HITECH Act

Associated term(s): EHR

Associated law(s): HIPAA