The HITECH Act invested billions in federal funds for health IT, with up to $3 billion for California alone. How has the state spent the money, and what progress has been made?
Are We Wired Yet? Measuring the Progress of HITECH in California (1.22 MB)
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, invested billions in federal funds for health information technology (HIT) to improve health care delivery throughout the United States. Although California has made much progress since HITECH's passage, the state has also experienced setbacks, including the low rate of e-prescribing adoption and the closure of Cal eConnect, the state's health information exchange governance entity.
This report examines HITECH's history and impact in California and details how HITECH funds have been spent so far. It describes the state's progress and makes recommendations in several areas: the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program, Regional Extension Centers (RECs), health information exchange (HIE), and telehealth. HITECH also funded smaller programs in California, such as the Beacon Community Program and Workforce Development Program, which are not discussed in this report.
The report offers recommendations to improve HIT efforts within California:
An interactive graphic shows how HITECH dollars have been spent so far in California.
The full report is available under Document Downloads.