What are some of the major milestones in the development and advancement of Health IT?
Health information technology (IT) has always been in development but within the last decade we are witnessing health IT move into new advancements we never thought we would see. In 2004, President Bush set a ten year goal for health IT and established the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ONC). ONC mission is to promote the development of a nationwide health IT infrastructure that allows for electronic use and exchange of information, provided leadership in the development recognition, and the implantation of standards, health IT policy coordination, strategic planning and establishing governance for the Nationwide Health Information Network (Office, 2010).
By February 2009, President Obama signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which has become the framework for America’s expansion of Health Information Technology. The main goal of HITECH is to support providers who adopt health IT into their practices between 2011 and 2015. The legislation was given $19.2 billion to support the providers (Cullen, 2011).
A little over a year later, March 2010, President Obama signed, the Patient Protec...
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