The Relationship of Privacy Provisions in the Stimulus Bill to Health Information Technology

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) contains many provisions associated with health information technology and electronic medical records that alter or impact the current Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules.  This article provides an overview of a few new health information technology issues and points out several patient privacy issues that health care entities may face going forward.