Did EHRs Light the Physician Burnout Fuse?
[This commentary was authored by PatientKeeper CMO Christopher Maiona, M.D.]
According to the American Medical Association, about 50 percent of practicing doctors are experiencing burnout and EHRs are a significant driver of this problem. For every hour physicians spend on direct patient care, the report indicates that they spend two hours on EHR data entry and other administrative tasks. All of this adds up to more time spent with computers than with patients.
While healthcare IT is only one element of the larger physician burnout problem, it is one that can be addressed today, and implementing the right solution can pay immediate dividends.