Heart of Health Policy | ACC Comments on EHR Burdens

As part of its overarching efforts to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens on cardiovascular professionals, the ACC recently submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to a draft strategy for Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health Information Technology (IT) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Within the strategy, ONC identified three primary goals: reduce the effort and time required to record information in EHRs during care delivery; reduce the effort and time required to meet regulatory reporting requirements; and improve the overall usability of EHRs.

To achieve these goals, the College urged ONC to optimize EHR workflow designs, increase operational efficiency and adopt consensus methods and standards that allow effortless data transmission, interpretation and manipulation to ensure interoperability on all medical devices and platforms. The comments note that collaborating with Health IT and EHR vendors to standardize data and documentation processes is critical.

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