Reducing physician frustration with EHRs will share the spotlight at HIMSS20

February 10, 2020  |  Category: All Things EHR

In a few short weeks, more than 45,000 healthcare IT professionals will gather in Orlando for HIMSS20, an opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn about the latest innovations that promise to transform healthcare technology and patient care.

Heading into this year’s event, we anticipate that physician burnout and physician satisfaction, specifically as they relate to electronic health records (EHRs), will again be major topics of discussion. Several educational sessions on the conference agenda directly tackle this subject, and you can bet that more than a few exhibitors will display the phrase “physician burnout” prominently on their booths.

While the rate of physician burnout has crept down four percent from five years ago, it still remains an epidemic in the healthcare industry, with almost half of all physicians experiencing burnout symptoms. Simultaneously, the physician shortage continues to grow, leading to a host of systemic issues, including costly medical errors. This makes it more important than ever for providers and vendors to join forces to improve physician satisfaction, efficiency, and patient outcomes.

Unfortunately, amidst the widespread digital transformation of healthcare, physicians often are the forgotten users of hospital EHR systems, which correlates directly to burnout. The well-intended goal of the HITECH Act was to drive adoption of health information technology, but an unintended result has been to create more of a headache for physicians, who now spend up to 5.9 hours out of their 11.4 hour work day handling administrative duties in the EHR.

EHRs are in desperate need of targeted optimization to support the way clinicians actually (and want to) work. One approach is to pair the EHR system of record with a complementary “system of engagement” — an electronic environment that clinicians interact with to do their work — in an effort to give providers time back in their day to spend with patients, and less time behind their computers. This is an approach PatientKeeper has espoused for over a decade, and we have witnessed firsthand how, at organizations that implement it, healthcare IT becomes a patient care enabler rather than a roadblock.

Interested in learning more about how to transform healthcare IT from a burden to an asset and reduce physician frustration? Attend our pre-HIMSS webinar on March 4, “Elevating the Physician Experience: Optimizing Healthcare IT for Clinical Care,” and visit us at the conference (booth #2006).

This post was written by PatientKeeper's TransforMED blogging team.