The timeline for ARRA technology provisions

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes numerous deadlines and milestones for technology. I thought it would be useful to provide a timeline for the work ahead:

Upon enactment (February 16, 2009)

*Additional funding to government agencies to enhance adoption of healthcare information exchange (Section 3011)

* Research and development programs (Centers for Health Care Information Exchange Integration). Grants will be awarded on a merit-reviewed, competitive basis. The purposes of the Centers include generating innovative approaches to technology integration through cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, and HIT development. Eligible research areas include:

-Interfaces between human information and communications systems

-Voice recognition systems

-Software that improves interoperability and connectivity among health information systems

-Software dependability of systems critical to health care delivery

-Measurement of technologies on the quality and productivity of health care

-Health information enterprise management

-Health information security and integrity

-Technology to reduce medical errors (Section 13202)

Within 45 days of enactment (April 3, 2009)

*Appointment of HIT Policy Committee members - Section 3002(b)

After 45 days from date of enactment (April 3, 2009), but prior to 90 days (May 18, 2009):

*HIT Policy Committee makes recommendations to ONC on areas in which standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria are needed included those to protect privacy, ensure security, account for disclosures, encrypt information and use EHRs for quality improvement (Section 3002)

Within 90 days of enactment (May 18, 2009)

*HIT Standards Committee will develop a schedule for assessment of the policy recommendations developed by the HIT Policy Committee (Section 3003)

*NIST to conduct pilot testing of standards and implementation (Section 3003 and Section 13201)

*Draft description of program for establishing regional centers for HIT Implementation Assistance (Section 3012)

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