• Zach Stephens

Physician Burnout & EHRs

Data suggests that the rate of physician burnout is more often linked directly to time spent engaged in computer documentation.

An article in The New Yorker entitled "Why Doctors Hate Their Computer" describes the impact that computerization has had on physicians. The author highlights two alarming statistics: one is that healthcare workers spend twice as much time on their computer as they do interacting with patients. The second is that the average workday for family physicians is now 11.5 hours, mostly because of the need for physicians to be in front of a computer screen for medical record documentation. Since EHRs are here to stay, below are a few tips to help mitigate and cope with the stress of an EHR.

1. Brainstorm new ways in which your staff can get more involved in easing the burden of documentation-related responsibilities. Maybe they can take on new responsibilities that not only help you, but also provide opportunities for their own professional growth and development.

2. Prioritize face time with your patients. While there is an expense involved in hiring a scribe, the rewards may far outweigh the costs by giving you more quality time with patients, lessening the amount of time you spend documenting, and allowing you to spend less time at the office.

3. Acknowledge to staff and patients that you understand their frustrations.

4. Enjoy some time away from the office. You need time to unwind, relax, travel, be with family, and so on.

While they can be quite frustrating to deal with, EHRs are here to stay. Be mindful and minimize your EHR reduced stress.

Still struggling or unsure how to deal with the stress of EHRs? Give us a call today at 202-681-3085. Our firm will work with your practice to come up with new and innovative approaches to cope with the stress and strain of EHRs.

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