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HITECH Act - What Is It?

by HIPAA on January 15, 2017

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If you are wondering what is the HITECH Act of 2009 is and how it affects you, there are two things that you need to know. First of all, if you handle any kind of patient information, or you are the manager of a staff that works with electronic transmittal, this Act definitely requires your attention. If you are an individual who has recently been at the doctors to a specialist, this act will also apply to you.


HITECH Act   What Is It?
What Is The HITECH Act Of 2009?

Medical professionals have become increasingly dependent on the new trend of electronically transmitting sensitive information over the computer, fax and hospital software programs. The Internet has made it easier for doctors to communicate, for billing to be kept up on a more regular cycle, and for patients to look at their medical records electronically if they request to. Transmitting medical data electronically is a great time and money saver for medical professionals, but there is only one problem. How secure and private are these records?

How Do I Know What The HITECH Act Contains?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has included this special revision in order to provide more security when it comes to sensitive records being transmitted electronically. The original HIPPA Act that was developed to help protect our individual privacy did not originally include electronic data. The HITECH Act of 2009 is designed to prosecute violators and prohibit any confidentiality breaches when it comes to electronically transmitted data.

When Will this Act Be Enacted?

Now that you know what the HITECH Act of 2009 is, when does it take effect you ask? As of February 18, 2009 it will be initiated and the interim period will end November 30, 2009. You will probably be asked to sign paperwork that promotes medical professionals and their staff to ensure their clients that their privacy will be protected. Many hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics are now using electronic means of record keeping, and therefore they should be aware of the implications outlined if your confidentiality is breached.

In order to protect your privacy, the Federal Government has pushed this Act into existence to keep up with the demands in the age of technology. There are new statutes that are in place, and a maximum fine up to $1.5 million dollars can be enforced. For those who unintentionally release secured information, there is a now a probationary period that can be given. There are several different components to this Act that you should look into that will help protect your business.


With the increasing use of technology to transmit personal medical data between case managers, the increased need to protect an individual's privacy is equally as important. If you are wondering what the HITECH Act of 2009 relates to, it is basically the electronic extension to the HIPPA Act. It is designed to protect your information and punish violators who breach it. Make sure that you are aware if your medical professionals utilize electronic data transmittal, and if so, that they are aware of the penalties involved if they breach a client's confidentiality.

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ger December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Call the hospital or facility when you delivered and ask to be transfered to "medical records". Make sure you give them the dates (from what day to what day) of the records you want.
They will tell you what to do.
When I called for my pregnancy records, I had to go down and fill out a form. Then they told me they would call me when the records were ready (I was in hospital for 4 weeks).
I had the choice of reading them at the hospital OR paying $0.15 a page to have them copied. However, I was not permitted to take the originals out of the hospital.

P.S. Keep after them….they didn't call me, and I had to keep calling them to ask if they had the records pulled yet.

schein December 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm

If you talk to some scientists they feel the way your question suggests you do.. Many other scientists are convinced that global warming is real and we don't have a lot of time to fix it. As with anything in science the global warming question is a theory, unfortunately the proof of the theory may be found too late to reverse the effects on our climate and sea levels. There are too many vested interests in the status quo to feel confidant about their science, a corporation or even a government can buy a spokesman to say anything. Its in their interest to keep going the way we are, until they see a commercial reason (profit) in the technologies to fix the problem.

Fact the polar icecaps are melting, that will raise sea levels and may change the climate – call it global warming or a regular cycle, the last ice age was "a regular cycle".

skre frierman December 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

It is asking which companies or groups or agencies have a say about what gets written into a person's medical records.

krie loederschl January 7, 2013 at 3:11 am

It sounds like it's nothing serious just yet. I'd hold off, to prevent seeming too keen. Remember, girls like the challenge of the game too; it's a little too easy if you jump right in the boat for them.

If you do decide to use it in regards to coffee, only say you had a great time when planning something else. For example, a week or so down the track, say something like "I had a good time when we went for coffee last week; would you be interested in having lunch at some point?". However, it's not necessary to do so, and if you want to play it safe you can just not say anything.

However, I generally do the whole "I had a great time" thing after a first true date. Y'know, like the movies or dinner or whatnot. It sends a message along the lines of "from my point of view, I can see this going a bit further". Timing is everything though – it's generally best to do it shortly after; like about 12 hours later. "I had a great time last night; I hope you had fun".

jovec January 19, 2013 at 1:35 am

Raising taxes takes money out of the private sector where it creates wealth, and puts it in the governments hands where it is spent. Any jobs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (AKA The Great Generational Theft Act of 2009) "creates", are temporary, and does not produce wealth or grow GNP (Gross National Product=total dollar value of all goods and services produced in the nation) Without wealth being created, eventually revenues from taxes decrease, as people lose jobs, incomes are reduced, people have less to spend, profits fall, loans go into default or bankruptcy, credit freezes. and the eonomy stalls. More money then has to be borrowed to replace those lost revenues, to pay for govenment spending. Not to mention you risk the possiblity of going into a deflationary nightmare that spirals out of contro

karm rafire January 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

There has been a great deal of recent discussion about rebuilding airships. Because they stay aloft without the need for a constant energy expenditure and because their huge size is an excellent platform for solar panels the idea of a flat bottomed (can land on water or any clear space) electric powered airship is gaining ground:

By comparison the US navy airships USS Akron and USS Macon "… were the most expensive aircraft built by the United States until after World War II—the Akron cost $4.5 million, and the Macon cost $3.5 million." But that was in 1930's for essentially a floating aircraft carrier (yes they carried planes)

To my knowledge most airships today are blimps without a rigid frame. The German Zeppelin company (yes it still exists) has what may be the only existing "zeppelin." They are not rigid airships. Several have been sold including those to "Venture Airships." This article discussed a proposed sightseeing airship by "Venture Airships" that was supposed to cost around $15 million each.

frage February 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

If she deletes her account, all her questions and their answers remain in the archives. Once closed, all questions and their answers become property of Yahoo. The resolved ones go into the archives where they stay forever. Because the questions are technically no longer hers, what she does with her account has no effect on them.

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padammedur ker March 1, 2013 at 1:11 am

Its already worse, and has been spreading. See a doctor as soon as possible to make sure it is not cellulitis.

"Periorbital cellulitis is an infection of the tissues surrounding the eye."


"There is generally redness and swelling of the eyelid and the surrounding area. Unlike orbital cellulitis (a more extensive infection involving deeper tissue), periorbital cellulitis does not cause the eyeball to protrude (proptosis) or limit its movements."

Calling your health care provider

"Although periorbital cellulitis rarely has complications, any infection near the eye and close to the brain is potentially serious. It is important to call your doctor immediately if you think that you may have periorbital cellulitis."

Hope you feel better:)

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