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Health Law: HITECH Act

This research guide is designed to introduce the various health law resources that the Seton Hall Law community has access to.

Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act)

HITECH Act at a glance

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).  The HITECH Act was enacted to promote the adoption of health information technology among hospitals, doctors and health care providers.

Rules & Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations can be accessed online through: BlawGPO FDsysHeinOnline, Lexis, ProQuest Congressional & Westlaw

The Federal Register can be accessed online through: BlawGPO FDsys, HeinOnline, Lexis, ProQuest CongressionalWestlaw


Final Rules & Regulations (HealthIT):

Medicare & Medicaid Incentive Program for Electronic Health Records (GPO FDsys):  42 CFR Parts 412, 413, 422, and 495

Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology (GPO FDsys): 45 CFR Part 170


Proposed Rules & Regulations (HealthIT)

Agencies and Institutes

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST)
Responsible for advancing healthcare information enterprise integration through standards and testing,  pilot testing standards and implementation, and consulting on the Federal HIT Strategic Plan update, voluntary certification programs and HIT implementation.  

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT)
Charged by executive order to develope and implement a strategic plan to guide the implmentation of electronic health information technology nationwide.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security rules related to the HITECH program
  • HITECH Act Rulemaking and Implementation update

Legislative History

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 materials available online on:

HITECH Specific Materials available online:


Office of the Nat'l Coordinator for Health Info Tech., Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information, Version 1.2 060112 

HITECH websites

Treatises, Hornbooks & Scholarly Monographs

Call Number: KF3827.R4 H379 2014
Call Number: KF3827.R4 H343 2013   


Medicare and Medicaid Guide (Westlaw) (Updated regularly)

  • ¶ 12,750 Electronic Health Records (Westlaw)
  • ¶ 14.14 Electronic Health Records (Westlaw)


Health Law Handbook (Updated annually in May)
  • Chapter 10. HIPAA Privacy and Security Changes under the HITECH Provisions of ARRA, by Marilyn Lamar ( Westlaw)


HIPAA: A Guide to Health Care Privacy and Security Law (Updated annually in November)


E-Health, Privacy, and Security Law (2011)
  • Chapter 7.  Information Security and Breach Notification Under HIPAA and HITECH  (Blaw)


Medical Records Privacy Under HIPAA (Updated annually in December)
Call Number:  KF3827.R4 L37
Also available online on Lexis
  • See index

Call Number: KF3821.K37 2011

Articles & Annotations

Lisa L. Dahm, Carrots and Sticks in the Hitech Act: Should Covered Entities Panic?, Health Law., August 2010, at 1 (Available on HeinOnline & Westlaw)
Call Number: KF3821.A15 H39

John Hazewinkel, Digital Health Care Reform Under the Hitech Act, Mich. B.J., July 2011, at 33, 35 (Available on HeinOnline Westlaw)

Michael A. Dowell, HHS and FTC Release Guidance on HITECH Act Requirements Covered Entities Must Update Policies and Practices to Avoid Growing Liabilities, 11 J. Health Care Compliance 5 (2009) (Available on ProQuest Westlaw)

Suzanne D. Nolan, The Impact of HITECH on Business Associates, Including Attorneys, Mich. B.J., June 2011, at 30 (Available on HeinOnline & Westlaw)

Francis Akowuah, Xiaohong Yuan, Jinsheng Xu and Hong Wang, A survey of U.S. Laws for Health Information Security & Privacy, Int'l J of Info Sec. & Privacy, October-December 2012, at 40 (Available on Health Reference Center)

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Common Acronyms

ARRA: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 

EHR: Electronic Health Records

HIPAA: Health Information Portability and Accountability Act

HIT: Health Information Technology

HITECH: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health

ONCHIT: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

NIST: National Institute for Standards and Technology