In a time and motion study published in the latest Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers have determined that physicians are spending nearly half of their time in the office on electronic health records (EHRs) and desk work. Less than a third of their time is spent in the exam room with patients.
Physicians are becoming more and more dissatisfied with EHR. Patients become more frustrated with their treatment, all while medical care prices increase. Vendors, motivated by $30 billion in incentives, develop EHRs that meet government regulations rather than the needs of doctors and patients. Physicians have turned into box-checkers. It is ridiculous that we are measuring 21st century technology with stopwatches and journals.
EHRs do determine how much time doctors spend documenting exams while with a patient or after hours at home. The challenge to the software creators is to decrease this amount of time. The time providers and staff spend on patient care vs. administrative work is analyzed and drives improvements in programs.
Improving the quality of healthcare while lowering costs and making physicians and patients happy should be the ultimate goal. Efforts in increasing price transparency and boosting physician engagement are sprouting across the country.
MediBid thrives on price transparency and competition among physicians and facilities across the country. EHR or not, any physician can accept cash from patients requesting timely medical care.
Bush, Jonathan. “Electronic health records ‘inflict enormous pain’ on doctors. It’ll take more than stopwatches to learn why.” First Opinion. STAT, 6 Sep 2016. Web. 8 Sep 2016.