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Reducing Clinician Burden

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The Reducing Clinician Burden (RCB) Project is an activity of the HL7 Electronic Health Record Work Group (EHR WG).

Please subscribe to the HL7 EHR WG listserver for meeting announcements, agendas and updates regarding current work.

The RCB Project team meets via teleconference on the 1st and 3rd Mondays each month through December 2020 - at 3PM ET (US). Starting in January 2021, the RCB Project Team will meet via teleconference on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month - at 3PM ET (US).

To join RCB teleconferences:

NOTE: DRAFT documents may be incomplete and are posted for Team review and discourse. Please take care to note their draft (tentative) status if referencing or sharing with others.

HL7 RCB Project - Presentations

HL7 RCB Project - Analysis Worksheets

This version of the RCB Analysis Worksheet includes the ONC FINAL "Strategy on Reducing Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs". Each of the four ONC Initiatives(I), along with Strategies(S) and Recommendations(R) are inserted within the related RCB topic area and are identified as Ix.Sx.Rx. NOTE also that all reference sources up through #122 have been reviewed and are incorporated in this version. See "References" Tab.

This two tab worksheet shows: 1) typical end-to-end information flow of clinical documentation, starting at the point of origination of health record entry and ending at the point where record entry content is accessed/used for subsequent patient care, interventions and decision making; 2) the potential to segment health record entry into a segment supporting direct care and separate segment(s) for other uses/users of clinical documentation (including payors, public health, quality/performance entities, administration, finance, clinical registries...).

This graphic shows a Clinical Documentation Instance and subsequent clinical and non-clinical flow based on its segments: •provenance, •clinical facts, findings and observations, •order detail, •prior authorization detail, •billing/claims detail, •quality/performance data, •public health data, •administrative data, •finance/cost data, •registry data...

This one page DRAFT outlines key causal factors for clinician burden and is offered for your review and comment.

These comments on the DRAFT International Patient Summary were prepared in correspondence with findings of the HL7 RCB Project and clinician burdens associated with patient summary creation, exchange and use, particularly with regard to aspects of information overload, data integrity, patient/provider identity matching, preservation of clinical data context, reconciliation of medications, medication allergies, all allergies, problems/diagnoses and more.

This document is part of an initial dialogue between the HL7 RCB Project and the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics and offers a timeline of HL7 EHR WG standards development activities from 2000 until the present.

These comments were submitted to the Sequoia Project, Data Usability Workgroup, as part of their consideration of characteristics/qualities of health data that make it usable - for particular end uses/end users (e.g., clinicians in clinical practice) and are derived from analysis of the RCB Project.

These comments were submitted to HL7 leadership as part of the ongoing effort to re-envision HL7 and were derived (in part) from analysis of the RCB Project.

HL7 RCB Collaborative Project Candidate - Medication List Management and Reconciliation

The Medication Reconciliation Burden Reduction Focus Team meets most Thursdays at 5PM ET (US). Teleconference access is as noted above. Please join us.

HL7 RCB Project - Reducing Clinician Burden "Comment Only" Ballot

This ballot closed on Monday, 14 September 2020.

HL7 RCB Project - White Paper

This White Paper has been released for Project Team review and comment.

Burden Reduction (and other) Initiatives in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

"See What We Mean"

HL7 RCB Project - Reducing Burden - Success Stories

HL7 RCB Project - Survey and Responses

HL7 RCB Project - Focus Team Drafts

US Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Strategy for Reducing Burden

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Patients over Paperwork Initiative

More RCB Perspectives and Resources

HL7 RCB Project - Reference Sources