The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ( HITECH Act or "The Act") is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA contains incentives related to health care information technology in general (e.g. creation of a national health care infrastructure) and contains specific incentives designed to accelerate the adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems among providers.
The HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act of 2009 is legislation that was created to stimulate the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and the supporting technology in the United States. President Barack Obama signed HITECH into law on Feb. 17, 2009, as Title XIII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ( ARRA ) economic stimulus bill.