Submitted by Mariela Miranda on September 7, 2016 11:44
Electronic health records “inflict enormous pain on our nation’s providers and care teams;” the sort of pain that not even TENS units can help mitigate. Because it is figurative pain. If it were literal pain, it would be a different story. Those are the words CEO and president of athenahealth Jonathan Bush used to describe the findings of a study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers found that doctors spend 49.2% of their office day on EHRs and desk work, and only 27% on face time (not the Apple videotelephony product) with patients. Meanwhile, in examination rooms, physicians spend 52.9% of time on direct clinical face time and 37% on EHR and desk work. Finally, when they get home, they spend another 1-2 hours on electronic health records each night. In other words – or rather, in other numbers – physicians spend two hours on EHR for every hour they spend providing direct clinical face time to patients in a clinic day.