Doctors Report Loss of Practice Time After EHR Implementation
September 9, 2014 in News
Doctors say they waste on average up to four hours per week when using electronic health records, according to a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine, U.S. News World Report reports.
Research Letter Details
For the research letter, researchers from the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications analyzed the results of a survey conducted in December 2012 by American College of Physicians (Leonard, U.S. News World Report, 9/8).
The survey consisted of 19 questions and received responses from 411 internal medicine attending physicians and trainees who worked in an ambulatory practice and used an EHR system (McDonald et al., JAMA Internal Medicine, 9/8).
The research letter, which was presented Monday at the National Library of Medicine, found that the mean loss of time for physicians was 48 minutes per day, compared with a mean loss of 18 minutes per day for trainees (U.S. News World Report, 9/8).
Specifically, the research letter found that after EHR implementation:
- 89.8% of respondents said at least one data management function was slower;
- 63.9% of respondents said the time spent taking notes increased;
- 33.9% of respondents said the time spent finding and reviewing patient data took longer; and
- 32.2% of respondents said they spent more time reading other clinicians’ notes (JAMA Internal Medicine, 9/8).
The authors wrote, “We can only speculate as to whether better computer skills, shorter (half-day) clinic assignments with proportionately less exposure to EMR time costs, or other factors account for the trainees’ smaller per-day time loss” (U.S. News World Report, 9/8).