This Case is about HEALTH, LEADERSHIP, STRATEGY, TECHNOLOGY
PUBLICATION DATE: April 04, 2011 PRODUCT #: HKS873-HCB-ENG
This case presents the question: given what was understood during the time of its own adoption, in February 2009, was the national Health information Technology for Economical and Clinical Health Act public policy that is great? The HITECH Act, contained in President Barack Obama’s national stimulus bill, was thought to introduce significant motivators to support the spread of health information technology throughout the U.S. health system.
The case is perfect for a policy evaluation course. The case presumes no specific understanding of the healthcare system or information technology, and supplies pupils with several types of background information: * The principal criticisms of the US health system, and why well-being IT proponents believed well-being IT was an essential element in solving these issues. * The reasons health care providers were not, at the level recommended by proponents, investing in health IT on their own. * Miscellaneous signs regarding the benefits of well-being IT for US health care providers that had embraced it. * An overview of the HITECH Act proposed by the Obama Administration. The case equips pupils to stand in the shoes of Congressional decision makers (or their advisors) in February 2009, and argue the reason why they might either support or oppose this bit of legislation. The case could be utilized alone. HKS Case Number 1937.0.