Healthcare and health IT industry groups are urging the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to put a greater focus on usability and creating a better alignment of workflow and documentation requirements in their responses to a federal draft strategy on reducing the regulatory burden on clinicians caused by technology.EHR burdens have been a near-constant complaint from physicians that see the technology as an impediment to their relationship with patients. Numerous studies have documented that EHR tasks take up a large part of a doctors workday.In late November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its 74-page draft strategy, which was developed by ONC in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The strategy, required under the 21st Century Cures Act, details three overarching goals to reduce clinician burden revolving around entering information into EHRs, meeting regulatory requirements and improving EHR ease of use.

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