HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued a draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. The draft addresses concerns shared by clinicians and other stakeholders that EHR burden can negatively affect provider satisfaction and ultimately the care delivery experience. Specifically, the draft strategy focuses on common sources of burden, including clinical documentation, health IT usability and user experience, EHR reporting programs, and public health reporting.
This draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs reflects input HHS has received through several wide-reaching listening sessions, written input, and stakeholder outreach.
Based on this input, 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 healthcare organizations; and
Improve the functionality and intuitiveness (ease of use) of EHRs.
Here is a link to the report: https://www.healthit.gov/topic/usability-and-provider-burden/strategy-re...
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