If so, you’re not alone. Many physicians are overwhelmed by their electronic health records systems.
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A new study shows that for every hour a physician spends with a patient, they spend an additional two hours on EHRs and administrative tasks.
While EHRs were designed to be more efficient, many things actually take longer in the EHR than they do on paper. For example, a simple flu shot takes 32 clicks on some EHRs to document.
EHRs are not only time consuming, they also strain relationships.
Many doctors are feeling burnt out due to the strain EHRs place on their relationships with patients.
The EHRs have led to numerous patient complaints in many practices, as many patients don’t feel that they are getting their physician’s undivided attention. Many doctors are upset that this technology is hurting their relationships with patients.
Physicians strive to deliver quality care. Often, EHRs are seen as unnecessarily getting in the way of providing this care as physicians must devote more time to EHRs than patients.
So what can be done?
EHR vendors will hopefully take advantage of innovations that would allow physicians to provide more attention to their patients.
We recommend to our clients to make an effort to continue to put patient relationships first.
Let us know what you think. Has your EHR hurt your patient relationships or caused you to feel burnt out?
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