THE 2009 Health Information Technology ActAbstract
The 2009 Health Information Technology Act-True Financial Incentives- or More Government Control? Master of Business Administration, Mount St. Mary’s College,December 2009.The computerization of medical records has been recommended as a means to reducemedical errors as well as costs, paperwork, time and redundancy. In addition to creating andmaintaining medical records electronically, linking those records through interoperable dataexchange is seen as a primary requirement toward increasing the efficiency and safety of caredelivery. Interoperability is viewed as a solution that will allow providers in any location instantaccess to a patient's health and treatment history.There are significant challenges facing Health Information Technology and electronic healthrecords, including structural, technical, financial and social/cultural issues. Although none of theserepresent insurmountable barriers, they all require viable solutions. To promote adoption of thesetechnologies, the federal government has passed legislation designed to move toward their goal of creating an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014.The purpose of this qualitative study of the 2009 Health Information Technology Act is todetermine if Hospital Chief Executive Officers perceive the financial incentives as a welcomeopportunity to modernize their information management systems, or is a basis for the Government toincrease their control of healthcare. A grounded theory model was utilized to analyze the results frommultiple data sources to finalize this theory.