New study puts $4.6B price tag on physician burnout

While physician burnout’s negative effect on clinical and organizational outcomes is not quantifiable, a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine has put a dollar figure on the cost to the U.S. healthcare industry—a staggering $4.6 billion annually.

That’s a figure that provides a clear economic incentive for those in charge to invest in ways to alleviate and remediate physician burnout, which leads to high turnover and a reduction in clinical hours billed.

The burden of electronic health records (EHRs) has been well documented. Although physicians see their value, 59 percent would like to see substantial improvements, according to a report from Stanford Medicine and conducted by the Harris Poll. This means better interoperability and improved analytics capabilities—as well as integrated financial information.

EHRs tend to fall short in many areas, particularly cardiology, one of the hospital’s most data-rich environments. As a health IT solution, the record alone does not serve the clinician because it doesn’t collect granular data on that scale.

At Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., the cath lab met this challenge by collaborating with LUMEDX on a structured reporting solution that transformed the workflow to empower physicians. Learn more by watching this webinar featuring Dr. James Tcheng’s four tenets of data capture.

One of those tenets is to reduce the clinician burden, allowing the computer to do what it does best and letting the doctor be a doctor. “In using the concept of team-based documentation, the physician is moved from someone who is a historian, who is trying to recapitulate everything during a procedure, into someone who is verifying the pieces of data and adding, if you will, color commentary, impressions, and results,” Tcheng says.


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Posted by Jana Ballinger 06/06/2019 Categories: Duke EHR electronic health records physician burnout