Liz Johnson, Judy Murphy*

In this chapter you will learn how to

• Discuss the key issues driving healthcare reform in the United States

• Explain the rationale for elements of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act in terms of the history of healthcare information technology (healthcare IT)

• Describe the history of regulation of healthcare IT in the United States

• Discuss how financial incentives for the use of healthcare IT have changed over time

• Describe the significant developments and federal initiatives that have influenced the evolution and adoption of healthcare information systems

• Describe the criteria to achieve meaningful use intended for stage 1 and stage 2

• Explain the process and value ...

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