HHS Draft Strategy Addresses Clinical Burden of EHRs and Other HealthIT

At the direction of the U.S. Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT was tasked with developing a strategy to address issues related to the use of electronic health records (EHRs) in healthcare. ONC has now released a draft strategy it believes will lessen the regulatory and administrative burden of health information technology.

According to HealthIT.gov, the draft – “Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs” – reflects input HHS received through several wide-reaching listening sessions, written input and stakeholder outreach. Based on this input, the draft strategy outlines the following overarching goals designed to lessen the clinician burden of healthIT:

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

To review the draft strategy and offer comments click here.

To read more, visit this HealthExec article.

MLMIC encourages all insured stakeholders to take this opportunity to offer their input on this draft strategy. The public comment period ends on January 28, 2019.