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A brief Hitech Act summary

Hitech Act is the acronym for the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. This Act was passed in the year 2009. As per this Act, health care providers are given financial help or incentives so that they can adopt the system of keeping electronic health records. As a Hitech Act summary it can be said that this Act is an implementation of technological advancements in the health field. Gone are the days when the records of the patient’s health history as well as present treatment used to be charted on paper and kept in files. This particular Act is a way to ensure that maximum efficiency is introduced in the complete health care sector. With the help of adequate software, it will become easy to convert health reports to digital and store them in a secure way. Given below is more about the benefits of keeping electronic health records, which was the reason for introduction of the Hitech Act.

The ultimate benefits of keeping electronic health records

Keeping electronic health records is gradually becoming common in every health establishment. There are some clear reasons for that. It makes the work easier for both the doctors and the patients. The work of a doctor does not revolve around just one patient. The electronic reports simply make his work easier. With digital records, he can update them in a moments notice. He can get access to the health report of any patient without worrying about finding the file.

As far as the patients are concerned (more info), the Hitech Act summary clearly is in their favour. With the emergence of electronic health records, it will become easier for the patients to have their health information sent over electronic devices to different health care centers. This eliminates the need for keeping heavy documents all the time. Besides, electronic health records also result is better quality service to the patient. They are quickly accessible and are potentially free from errors. Such health records are comprehensive in nature and can be promptly generated for the patient’s benefit.

Hitech Act results in best health centers

From the above Hitech Act summary of benefits of electronic health records, it has become clear that making the health sector technologically powered is a very good option. Electronic versions of health records are a necessity in a world completely transformed by digital technology. Since the Hitech Act provides the financial incentive required in order to switch over to such digitalization and to introduce information technology comprehensively in the health sector, it is gradually changing the entire scenario of the health care world. This Act has proven to be the biggest boon for both medical practitioners and the consumers.

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