Exploring HIPAA and HITECH Act Definitions: Part 10

From now through November, HIPAA.com is providing a run through of HIPAA transaction & code set, privacy, and security definitions, along with relevant HITECH Act definitions pertaining to breach notification, securing of protected health information, and electronic health record (EHR) standards development and adoption. These definitions are key to understanding the referenced HIPAA and HITECH Act enabling regulations that are effective now and that will require compliance by covered entities and business associates now or in the months ahead, as indicated in HIPAA.com’s timeline. In this posting we highlight the last two definitions from the following HITECH Act section:

Exploring HIPAA and HITECH Act Definitions:  Parts 6-10, include definitions from:

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (February 17, 2009, pp.228-229),

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act,

Title XIII—Health Information Technology,

Subtitle A—Promotion of Health Information Technology,

Section 13101—ONCHIT [Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology]; Standards Development and Adoption,

Title XXX—Health Information Technology and Quality,

Section 3000—Definitions (also designated as 42 USC 300jj).

Qualified Electronic Health Record

An electronic record of health-related information on an individual that—

(A) Includes patient demographic and clinical health information, such as medical history and problem lists; and

(B) Has the capacity—

  1. To provide clinical decision support;
  2. To support physician order entry;
  3. To capture and query information relevant to health care quality; and
  4. To exchange electronic health information with, and integrate such information from other sources.


Each of the several states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

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