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Overview

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law on February 17, 2009. Among the many initiatives, the ARRA will fund new programs advancing the development, adoption and use of health information technology to deliver better healthcare for hospitals, doctors and patients across the United States.
 
Most of these funds are being deployed to promote the “meaningful use” by hospitals and physicians of health information technology to develop electronic patient records, report test results, prescribe medicines, record doctor visits and exchange clinical information, reducing medical errors, and saving billions in health care costs.

Thus far, more than $1.8 billion has been deployed to expand infrastructure and technology and incent adoption of HIT.