EHR usability and operability improvements on the horizon

Reducing the administrative burden of EHRs on physician practices, especially small ones, is a high priority for newly-appointed leaders at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. The ONC announced plans to reduce regulatory and reporting requirements so doctors can spend more quality time with patients. Also in the works: encouraging developers to create new technology and opening competition through open interfaces, and cracking down on information blocking.