The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included the HITECH Act which is investing $22 billion in the nation's health IT Infrastructure by increasing adoption of Electronic Health Records and facilitating Health Information Exchange.

HITECH Programs

Meaningful Use

ARRA authorizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide payment incentives to eligible providers and hospitals to meaningfully use electronic health records (EHR) and systems from 2011-2015.

ASTHO Rule Summary on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Record Information and Public Health

ASTHO Table on Incentives, Standards and Implementation Guides for Public Health Meaningful Use Objectives

CMS Summary Slides on the Implementation of the Meaningful Use Incentive Programs

Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology Final Rule

Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce Meaningful Use Action Plan

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CMS Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

Frequently Asked Questions About Meaningful Use

Letter to Medicaid Directors on Federal Funding for Medicaid HIT Activities