January 14, 2019
Electronic health records are revolutionizing how medical professionals maintain patient information and communicate with one another. However, recent research reveals that using EHRs is increasing stress among at least 70% of professionals in medical offices. These statistics can be avoided with careful planning and implementing the right software. Here are some tips to help you be
Stress-free physicians are happy and effective physicians, and that’s why it’s important to eliminate the headaches that some medical offices are experiencing in their Health IT record-keeping. Over two-thirds of physicians who use EHR technology during patient care delivery have reported at least some stress as a result of the demands of health IT use, according to a recent JAMIA study. This emotional drain leads to doctor burnout, which can lead to exhaustion and professional dissatisfaction. All these symptoms can negatively impact every aspect of patient care, so reasonable solutions are important.
All these stress points can be combated. It is important to utilize practice management and take careful consideration when choosing software. Researchers recommend that busy practices regularly measure their stress and look for opportunities to reduce it. They must also understand that one solution does not fit all. According to Dr. Rebekah Gardner, an associate professor of medicine at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, and lead author on the project, “Analyses should stratify by specialty, as we found substantial differences in the types of HIT-related stress experienced by doctors doing different types of work; the speciﬁc remedies for HIT-related stress may also vary by specialty.” Once the stressors and patterns have been identified, the team can begin searching for remedies, such as utilizing medical scribes, close EHR-training, and streamlining EHR procedures.
“Analyses should stratify by specialty, as we found substantial differences in the types of HIT-related stress experienced by doctors doing different types of work; the specific remedies for HIT-related stress may also vary by specialty.”
The bottom line
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