Saturday, April 11, 2009

Is HITECH the new Health IT or HIT?

You can blame President Obama for the phrase HITECH. Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) calls it HITECH, is that going to be the new buzzword for health information technology? The problem with HIT is that it's not a unique acronym. It looks like a word - Bobby hit the ball. Health IT will probably continue to be used since we refer to general information technology as IT and that's not going to change. Perhaps the real question is: will the phrase HITECH actually catch on and become a mainstream phrase? These are the things I often wonder about as I sit at home and drink a glass of wine.

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