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ONC has ideas for reducing clinician burden with health IT
Advancements in healthcare information technology have driven progress but also introduced new challenges for providers, say two officials in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
“As adoption of health IT has increased, we have seen firsthand how usability issues associated with the underlying software, implementation choices made by practices and institutions, and lack of effective training can diminish the desired impact of health IT use,” wrote ONC Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Andrew Gettinger and Chief Scientist Teresa Zayas Cabán in a blog post this past week.
“Rectifying these issues requires coordinated attention to improved design of health IT systems, better system configuration decisions, and effective end-user training during implementation,” they said.
WHY IT MATTERS
Health IT’s role in clinician burnout has been a hot-button topic for years, with individuals often pointing to technology such as electronic health records as the culprit.
But as Gettinger and Cabán note in their blog – and in a corresponding Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association article published this past month – IT has the potential to be an asset rather than an obstacle.”We need to continue to build on current efforts to improve user-centered design and use of human factors and ergonomics […]