Physician burnout is a hot button issue among healthcare leaders today. Doctors want to provide quality care to their patients, but there’s an elephant in the room – it’s their EHR. A recent survey reported that 70% of EHR users experience HIT-related stress. That means that the vast majority of EHR users are dissatisfied, and even find that EHRs hinder their ability to work well. 26% of the respondents reported burnout. Why are EHRs causing so much stress, frustration, and even burnout for their users?
It’s because no one asked physicians what they needed. EHRs were not designed by physicians or even with a physician’s workflow in mind. They were designed with government standards in mind, and now the end-user, the physician, is paying the price. Every practice, specialty, and physician is different. They have different workflows, and different needs. Shouldn’t their technology cater to those different needs?
Physicians in these specialties would say that it should. Here they are – 7 specialties with the most EHR-related stress:
- Internal Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Emergency Medecine
These may be the top 7 specialties experiencing stress from their EHR, but this problem is widespread across all specialties, practices, and hospitals. The time has come for the healthcare community to provide a creative solution. Doctors need access to the information that is helpful during the patient exam, and they need to see it in a way that is easy to view.