Health Information Technology Workflow Automation Policy Development

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is leading a project to establish a policy and development agenda around workflow automation through the use of modern computing. ONC will use the outputs from this project to develop and implement effective policy through ONC authorities and public and private sector partners.

The Health IT Workflow Policy Development Project will:

  • Identify opportunities for automation in health care, in both clinical and administrative areas
  • Explore what would need to be instrumented to enable such automation
  • Explore the need for new and/or updated workflows
  • Introduce perspectives from other industries, such as finance, hospitality, and manufacturing
  • Identify labor-intensive parts of health care

In September 2020, ONC convened a multidisciplinary workshop of experts across various industries to inform a policy and development agenda to accelerate workflow automation in health care.

In 2021, ONC will publish an agenda for advancing this topic and recommendations for policy and development efforts in this field.

Learn More

Panel Presentation on Automation Initiatives

At the workshop, invited speakers from Kaiser Permanente shared examples and lessons learned from automation initiatives across a number of its clinical and administrative domains. View the video of this presentation.

Applied Clinical Informatics Special Section

ONC has partnered with Applied Clinical Information, the eJournal of AMIA and IMIA, to create a special section focused on workflow automation. Authors interested in contributing can follow these guidelines to submit articles for consideration before June 2021.



Content last reviewed on December 18, 2020
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