Summary: H.R.6898 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.6898. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (09/15/2008)

Health-e Information Technology Act of 2008 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish: (1) an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; and (2) an HIT Advisory Committee.

Requires the National Coordinator to develop a Health Information Technology Resource Center and to recommend health information technology standards for adoption by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Directs agencies to utilize, where available, health information technology systems and products that meet adopted standards.

Requires the Director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) to test adopted standards to assure the efficient implementation and use of such standards.

Amends XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to provide for incentive payments to physicians and inpatient hospitals that meaningfully use a certified health information technology system.

Authorizes the National Coordinator to award grants to purchase qualified health information technology and to implement regional or local health information plans.

Provides for grants to develop academic curricula integrating qualified health information technology in the clinical education of health professionals.

Revises provisions governing the privacy and security of health information, including to: (1) extend requirements to business associates of a covered entity; (2) require notification in the event of a breach of protected health information; (3) limit disclosure of such information to the minimum necessary to accomplish the intended purpose; and (4) revise penalties for violations.

Requires the Secretary to appoint a Chief Privacy Officer of the Office of National Coordinator to assist in carrying out duties related to the privacy and security of health information.