Public Policy and Legal Environment

Public policy has been influential in accelerating the adoption and use of health IT. The HITECH Act, with its meaningful use provisions, has been particularly influential in encouraging providers to implement EHR systems. Recent revisions to the Stark laws have allowed hospitals to support physicians in the adoption on electronic health record technologies in their offices and in thereby integrating information across the health delivery enterprise. In this section, resources are provided that explain key legislation and the legislative environment that is of particular significance.

Federal initiatives (PPACA; ARRA/HITECH)

Meaningful Use

State Government Initiatives

Other Legal Topics