Why the HITECH Act could fail to spark health IT growth

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH Act, is an ambitious piece of legislation created to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records. Nevertheless, Ray Campbell, CEO and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC), is concerned that the HITECH Act may be too flawed to achieve its lofty goal.

In his presentation to MHDC members at the consortium's annual meeting in Boston on June 4, Campbell noted a number of problems with the HITECH Act that could have an impact on its success. He worries, for example, how the health IT infrastructure will be maintained after HITECH Act grant money is gone. Another problem he sees: the criteria for meaningful use, which he says are in danger of becoming too detailed to be useful for the real world.

Watch this video to hear more of Campbell's thoughts about problems with the HITECH Act.

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