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How EHRs Contribute to Physician Burnout

How EHRs Contribute to Physician Burnout

By Bryan Wright 0 Comment December 4, 2019


The World Health Organization is
redefining burnout to specifically relate to the workplace. The new
description is “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace
stress that has not been successfully managed.” Burnout only relates to the
stress from your job not other areas of your life. So why does redefining it
matter? Mental health in the workplace is a hot topic right now. More and more
people leave their jobs for mental health reasons, feel that their employers
don’t address the issue, or they have too many burdens at work that cause chronic
stress. Healthcare workers experience burnout at higher rates than others in
most occupations, especially physicians. This happens for many reasons but one
big factor is administrative tests related to electronic health records. Hi
everyone, I’m Matt Moneypenny and today I’m going to explain how EHRs contribute
to physician burnout. Before we get started, make sure that you hit that
subscribe button below and also hit that alert bell icon right next to it so that
you’re alerted when we post new, helpful content. So what is an EHR? That acronym
is short for electronic health records. These are digital systems that stores
patients’ health information. The purpose of these records is to make
administrative tasks more efficient. Instead of writing notes by hand, doctors
can take notes electronically and store them within the system. You’ve probably
seen your doctor use a tablet during your appointment, they’re using this
device to record information during your visit. In concept, it doesn’t seem too
difficult. In fact, it actually sounds like a good idea. But using EHRs takes up
a lot of the doctors time out of the exam room as well. These systems often
have clunky user interfaces that are difficult to use so doctors end up
spending more time on them than necessary. Instead of spending more time
with patients, these poorly designed UIs require a majority of their time. Doctors
spend over half of their workday on EHRs including hours outside of the clinic.
Now physicians feel as if they’re neglecting their patients since they
spend less than half of their work time with them. Using EHRs contributes to
burnout rates of over 50%. The healthcare industry is continuously adding
more EHR technology to help with administrative tasks but this takes up
even more of doctors’ limited time. Adding new technology means more time spent
training and implementing the systems. Doctors then have to
learn the entire process it takes more time away from patients and doctors will
have to extend their workdays even more. Working extra hours also means less
sleep which doesn’t help anything. Almost half of the doctors already get
less than their recommended hours of sleep each night and the lack of sleep causes
burnout as well. Even though electronic systems are supposed to make work easier,
current EHRs actually have adverse effects. New user-friendly designs for
these programs are necessary so that they’re more manageable and actually
will reduce administrative work time. That way doctors can spend more time
with patients and don’t need to work hours outside of the clinic. If you’d
like to learn more information about how EHRs contribute to physician burnout,
reach out to Etactics. And you already made it this far into the video, so you
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