November 2018

HHS Seeks Public Comment on Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a draft strategy to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology such as electronic health records (EHRs).

The draft, Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs, was led by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). It reflects stakeholder input detailing ways in which clinicians are spending too much time entering data into EHRs, leaving less time to interact with their patients. Required documentation guidelines have led to “note bloat,” making it harder to find relevant patient information and effectively coordinate a patient’s care, according to the HHS press release.

Based on the input, the draft strategy outlines three overarching goals to reduce clinician burden:

  1. Reduce the effort and time required to record health information in EHRs for clinicians;
  2. Reduce the effort and time required to meet regulatory reporting requirements for clinicians, hospitals, and healthcare organizations; and
  3. Improve the functionality and intuitiveness (ease of use) of EHRs.

The public comment period on the draft ends on Monday January 28, 2019, at 11:59:59 PM ET.

To read the draft and access the comment form, visit www.hhs.gov/about/news/2018/11/28/hhs-issues-draft-strategy-to-reduce-health-it-burden.html.

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