HHS on Friday acknowledged that electronic health records pose a significant burden on clinicians and suggested tactics the federal government can pursue to ease the pain. The strategy, published by the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, was mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act. The strategy identified four main areas that contribute to administrative burden: clinical documentation; health information technology usability; public health reporting requirements, and federal health IT and EHR reporting requirements. But there are ways the federal government can address those challenges. One strategy is HHS increasing adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances with consideration for provider preferences and workflow to alleviate public health reporting challenges.
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