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The Meaningful User: IT Complexity and Physician Burn-Out

August 2013
The Meaningful User

There are many contributing causes to the problem of “physician burn-out”, some of them much discussed and well-documented, others more insidious. In the latter category I’d put “healthcare information technology" (HIT).  Of course, HIT is supposed to be a productivity aid, not a frustrating impediment. It’s an unacceptable state of affairs, and should not be accepted by physicians of any age. Nor is it inevitable; there are HIT solutions on the market that run counter to the trend.


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