I am currently working on a site in which the main goal is to provide a very easy and fast workflow to review an item, make some notes, and submit it. All the fields included in the below image are the minimum fields needed to accomplish this task.
Currently, the thought is that the user would select an item from the right side menu and the application will populate the fields with data. The user would make some comments, change the status, and then submit the changes, after which the application will automatically advance to the next item in the list.
Obviously hiding any of the information to make a cleaner interface is not an option as it would obstruct the end-user from completing the task in as short amount of time possible.
With those concepts in mind, looking at the current structure makes me cringe and I want to improve it to make a more enjoyable experience.
Ignore the lack of a background color/image for the time being.
NOTE: Field 11 is the most important field and is often a paragraph in length.