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Doctors Spend Almost Six Hours Per Day on EHR Tasks

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Posted on Sep 26, 2017, 1 p.m.

Physicians spend almost six hours per day in the electronic health record (EHR), with 4.5 hours spent during clinic hours and 1.4 hours spent after clinic hours, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

“Doctors should be spending more time with the patient than with the paperwork. This has been a long problem in medicine. You would think with technology advancing the way that it has that doctors would have more not less time to spend with their patients. However, we have about 28,000 healthcare professionals in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and I have not had 1 doctor tell me in the last several years that they now spend more time with their patients than they did 10 years ago. It’s really a big problem. The doctor-patient relationship should be sacred not scarcely existent,” point out Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the A4M Sept. 21, 2017.

(HealthDay News) -- Physicians spend almost six hours per day in the electronic health record (EHR), with 4.5 hours spent during clinic hours and 1.4 hours spent after clinic hours, according to a study published in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Brian G. Arndt, M.D., from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and colleagues conducted a retrospective study of 142 family medicine physicians in a single system in southern Wisconsin. The authors captured all Epic Systems Corporation EHR interactions over a three-year period for direct patient care and non-face-to-face activities; these were validated by direct observations.

The researchers found that clinicians spent 355 minutes (5.9 hours) of an 11.4-hour workday in the EHR per weekday for each 1.0 clinical full-time equivalent: 269 and 86 minutes during and after clinic hours, respectively. Documentation, order entry, billing and coding, and system security were clerical and administrative tasks that accounted for 44.2 percent of the total EHR time. Another 85 minutes (23.7 percent) was accounted for by inbox management.

"Primary care physicians spend more than one-half of their workday, nearly six hours, interacting with the EHR during and after clinic hours," the authors write. "EHR event logs can identify areas of EHR-related work that could be delegated, thus reducing workload, improving professional satisfaction, and decreasing burnout."

Dr. Ronald Klatz, DO, MD President of the A4M has 28,000 Physician Members, has trained over 150,000 Physicians, health professionals and scientists in the new specialty of Anti-aging medicine. Estimates of their patients numbering in the 100’s of millions World Wide that are living better stronger, healthier and longer lives. www.WorldHealth.net

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