Physicians Are Spending Half Their Time on Computer Tasks

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Physicians Are Spending Half Their Time on Computer Tasks
Physicians Are Spending Half Their Time on Computer Tasks

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians spend roughly as many hours on computer work as they do meeting with patients, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs.

Researchers focused on time stamps from electronic health records (EHRs) used by 471 primary care physicians at a community health care system between 2011 and 2014.

The doctors saw nearly 637,769 patients face-to-face at least once during the four-year study period. Time spent on EHRs rose during that time, while total minutes seeing patients declined. Overall, the researchers estimated that physicians devoted 3.08 hours a day to face-to-face office visits (average 15 minutes each) and 3.17 hours to desktop medicine. Much of the desktop medicine was patient-related, however. It included prescription refills, medical orders, sending messages to patients, and writing notes about patients in their files. These progress notes alone accounted for an average of two hours a day.

"There is growing evidence that excessive use of EHRs is negatively affecting physician well-being," lead author Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute in California, told HealthDay. "Physicians with burnout symptoms are more likely to reduce their clinic time or even leave practice."

Abstract
Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Ancient Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

Ancient Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

The LIF6 gene destroys cells with damaged DNA

Reasons for Undergoing Cosmetic Procedures Explored

Reasons for Undergoing Cosmetic Procedures Explored

Psychological and emotional motivations more likely in patients wanting acne scar tx, tattoo removal

DNR Orders Linked to Increased Mortality in Older Adults

DNR Orders Linked to Increased Mortality in Older ...

Early versus late DNR tied to shorter median length of stay in hospitalized adults aged 65 years and older

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »