Health information technology regulations have become overly burdensome, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who vowed that the Trump administration would work to spur innovation in the field.

“We simply have to do a better job of reducing the burden of health IT on physicians and other providers,” said Price, speaking at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Price, a former orthopedic surgeon and Republican congressman from Georgia, has been a frequent critic of certain government regulations that he says get in the way of doctors and their patients. At the conference he laid out several principles he said would guide the Trump administration on health IT and electronic medical records, saying the administration was committed to promoting the exchange of medical information between providers.

The Obama administration invested billions of dollars in incentives to encourage doctors and hospitals to adopt electronic medical records, which bolstered their use among providers. It also set guidelines for how they should work and standards they needed to meet.

Though Price didn’t refer to the former administration, he said former colleagues in medicine have told him they are frustrated by some over the regulations in health IT that they say make it more difficult for them to care for patients, and that some were looking to retire early because of it.

“Data is absolutely crucial, don’t misunderstand me,” he said. “It is absolutely vital that we have all the data that we can and we use it in an evidenced-based manner so that we can provide better care and better quality of care to patients. But we need our physicians to be patient-facing, not computer-facing, which is what may of them feel they are right now … they feel like they have been turned into data-entry clerks.”

Price also said the administration was committed to “true interoperability,” which means information sharing between providers, calling it “absolutely critical.” He said the Trump administration would provide regulatory guidance at the “60,000-foot level” rather than “stipulating every dot and tittle down the line.

“Somehow something has happened between the idea of interoperability and now that has made it so much more challenging so that the clinic can’t necessarily communicate with the hospital, can’t necessarily communicate with the lab,” he said.