The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, includes two rules with direct impact on health IT: one for privacy and another for security. The Privacy Rule strikes a balance between safeguarding individuals’ protected health information (PHI) and allowing its carefully bounded use. The rule is designed to promote high-quality health care as well as public health. The Security Rule then extends the privacy rule to electronic protected health information (e-PHI).
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009, or HITECH, encourages meaningful use of EHRs, strengthens HIPAA rules, and codifies penalties for breaches of electronic health information.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, or PPACA, requires all Americans to have health insurance, calls for state and local Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and requires state-based Health Insurance Exchanges.
The healthcare improvements that these mandates are intended to stimulate require IT infrastructure that is secure, robust, and easy to use. Our industry leading Foglight monitoring solution optimizes application performance and end-user experience like no other competing solution can.