July 12, 2019
Kate Gamble

When the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law nearly three years ago, the goal was to “help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently (FDA).” And it has, through provisions pushing for interoperability and EHR adoption.

However, with the advancement of health IT initiatives came an unintended consequence: an added burden on physicians, nurses, and other users. What healthcare IT leaders and rule makers quickly learned was that it isn’t necessarily the tools that have led to frustration, but the regulatory requirements, said Andy Gettinger, Chief Clinical Officer at ONC, during a presentation at the CHIME Advocacy Summit.

Not surprisingly, the chief burdens identified were billing-related documentation...