Papers examine physician burnout, patient safety risks tied to EHRs
Two new academic papers raise fresh questions about physician burnout and patient safety risks associated with electronic health records.
One, a study in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, found that first-year residents in internal medicine spent 5-7 hours a day — about 40 minutes per patient — reading and entering data into EHRs. The time dwindles as they get more proficient, but it’s still a major portion of the work day.
The investigators, including students, residents, faculty and IT professionals at New York Methodist Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and at St. Georges University School of Medicine in the island nation of Grenada, wrote:
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