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2009 Health Information Technology Act

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THE 2009 Health Information Technology ActThe 2009 Health Information Technology ActTrue Financial Incentives or More Government Control?Sara SmallMt St Mary's CollegeA Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of BusinessDecember 13, 2009
 
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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Thank you to Dr Mark Alhanati, Dr Janet Robinson, Dr. Peter Antoniou and to KatherineWhitman for the honor of participating in the first MBA Cohort at Mount St Mary’s College. Thiscreative and dynamic curriculum has provided a wealth of experience and knowledge within a uniqueand stimulating learning environment. The MBA program allowed me to return to the classroom after a 33 year hiatus and also afforded me the opportunity to experience my first international trip!The successful completion of this thesis would not have been possible without the help andsupport from my faculty advisor, Dr. David Burkitt. His advice, guidance and direction allowed meto remain focused and on track during the short time frame allowed for the completion of this thesis.His academic and professional career experience was invaluable. Thank you, David for helping meover the rough spots and guiding me through a complex process.Finally, my thanks to my husband, Ben who provided constant assistance and domesticsupport that enabled me to spend countless hours away from home working with other students,completing projects and studying. Ben’s encouragement to pursue my studies often pushed his loyalsupport to the limits! The completion of this degree would not have been possible without hisunconditional love and commitment. Thank you, husband!
 
THE 2009 Health Information Technology ActAbstract
SMALL, S.P.,
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.
 

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