In 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which included two sections addressing health information technology. Together, the sections are known as the "HITECH" (Health Information Technology for Economic & Clinical Health) Act. The HITECH Act was intended to promote adoption of HIT by providing Medicare/Medicaid financial incentives to primary physicians and small hospitals who adopt electronic health records in the next five years, and by developing an infrastructure for supporting best practices in HIT implementation, work process redesign, security and privacy considerations, and other critical factors.
The HITECH Act mandates a definition for "meaningful use" of electronic health records with a very aggressive timeline. The pertinence to registered dietitians, dietetic technicians registered and all Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members can be summarized by two important facts:
- The HITECH Act now targets only a small portion of "eligible professionals," or EPs, for incentive payments. It does not include RDs or DTRs, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech and language pathologists. Physician EPs must fall within the definition provided by the rule.
- The Academy has been working for more than a decade to position RDs and DTRs for inclusion in this kind of care.
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