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3 EHR Usability and Optimization Fixes That Address Burnout

3 EHR Usability and Optimization Fixes That Address Burnout

Published by: Melissa Clark, CCS-P on January 8, 2020

“There are many positives associated with EHRs. However, EHR usability is a common negative among EHR users, which leads to clinician burnout.

As the calendar flips to 2020, technological advancements in the EHR are key to addressing this epidemic that makes its way around medical facilities throughout the country.

According to a study completed in a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association (AMA), researchers found that EHR usability was largely graded an “F” when evaluated on a traditional letter grade scale, and that failing grade was strongly tied to high clinician burnout scores.

“A new study issued today found electronic medical records (EHRs) – as currently designed, implemented and regulated – lack usability as a necessary feature, resulting in EHRs that are extremely hard to use compared to other common technologies,” said AMA President Patrice Harris in a statement.

“While the study was conducted by leading clinical institutions in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), the findings will not come as a surprise to anyone who practices medicine,” continued Harris. “Too many physicians have experienced the demoralizing effects of cumbersome EHRs that interfere with providing first-rate medical care to patients.”

READ MORE: EHR Usability Remains Unchanged, Impacts Clinician Burnout

But when an EHR was deemed more usable, researchers observed a significant decrease in clinician burnout. A one percentage point increase in EHR usability equaled a 3 percent decrease in clinician burnout…”


Via EHR Intelligence, read the entire article here.


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