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Release of information: The HIPAA Omnibus Rule and the HITECH Act

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the larger American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was created to encourage and regulate the use of technology in healthcare. HITECH brought meaningful use, an incentive plan designed to increase the use of certified electronic medical records, and amendments to the Security Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Although some provisions of HITECH have not been implemented (e.g., the more robust three-year accounting of disclosures for electronic protected health information [PHI]), the following is a list of the major topics that have been amended with the adoption of HITECH:

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