By Bruce Japsen, Forbes, Contributor
Sep 6, 2016 @ 07:13 AM – Physicians may be spending twice as much time grappling with new electronic health record systems and “desk work” as they are providing medical care to their patients, according to a new study.
An analysis of nearly 60 doctors in four U.S. states shows electronic health record systems designed to speed patient referrals and improve treatment are contributing to doctor burnout and taking away from patient care. The findings from a “time and motion” study are published in the Sept. 6 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. “For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly 2 additional hours is spent on EHR and desk work within the clinic day,” researchers wrote. “Outside office hours, physicians spend another 1 to 2 hours of personal time each night doing additional computer and other clerical work.”