Healthcare and healthcare IT are both highly regulated via a number of government and private organizations via laws, standards, and reimbursement requirements. The government and certification bodies have designed rules and regulations that are intended to protect the health and safety of patients, while at the same time encouraging the use of HIT as a way to improve care outcomes. Adoption of EHRs in hospitals and to a lesser extent physician offices is rapidly increasing. With this rapid growth, the need for expert understanding of the risks and benefits of the use of these technologies is increasing as well.
Key concepts covered in this chapter include the following:
• HIT is directly regulated in the form of protection of ...