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Who’s Being Stimulated?
By Mark R. Anderson, FHIMSS, CPHIMS

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) designed to stimulate the lagging U.S. economy. For the healthcare sector, ARRA included a health IT component labeled the HITECH Act. The 267 pages outline a plan for spending approximately $19.2 billion dollars to encourage healthcare organizations to adopt and effectively utilize electronic health records (EHR) and to establish health information exchange (HIE) networks at regional and local levels.

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