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History of Health Information Technology in the US   

Component Overview

This component traces the development of IT systems in health care and public health, beginning with the experiments of the 1950s and 1960s and culminating in the HITECH act, including the introduction of the concept of “meaningful use” of electronic health records.

Component Objectives

At the completion of this component, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for elements of the HITECH Act in terms of the history of health IT
  • Describe the background of today’s health IT landscape including EHR, HIE, CDS, applications in Public Health, relevant professional organizations
  • Describe the history of regulation of Health IT in the U.S.
  • Describe how legislation related to privacy and security of electronic health information has evolved in the US.
  • Discuss how financial incentives for use of HIT have changed over time.

NOTE: This course is part of the Health Information Technology Certificate Program but is opened to those not enrolled in the certificate program as well.


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