ONC Releases Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden

On November 28, 2018, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a draft strategy to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology (health IT) such as electronic health records (EHRs). Comments on the draft strategy which was mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act are due on January 28, 2019 and can be submitted here.

The draft strategy outlines three overarching goals designed to reduce clinician burden:

  • Reduce the effort and time required to record health information in EHRs for clinicians
  • Reduce the effort and time required to meet regulatory reporting requirements for clinicians, hospitals, and health care organizations
  • Improve the functionality and intuitiveness (ease of use) of EHRs

The report also proposes multiple strategies around clinical documentation, usability and user experience, EHR reporting requirements and public health reporting requirements.

A press release on the draft strategy is available here.


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