HIPAA and HITECH rules are often discussed together for a number of reasons, and it makes sense because one is meant to be an extension of the other. However, HIPAA was developed before the days of ubiquitous technology, meaning that it wasn't properly accounting for or regulating patient privacy when it came to keeping electronic records from prying eyes. Instead of working solely with the language used in HIPAA, regulators decided to make the update more memorable in the form of a plan that was meant to help the additional rules related to technology stand out to the various affected businesses. We'll tell you what you need to know about how and why the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health strengthens the measures laid out by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act.
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