Although electronic health records (EHRs) were designed to improve care and streamline data sharing, rates of burnout have increased as EHR-related tasks produced are placed on physicians' shoulders. An article by Harvard Business Journal examines which improvement to EHRs could have the biggest impact in reducing burnout.
The article states the main problems in EHRs include the large amounts of functions inside the EHR, unoptimized patient portals, the need for manual input and unengaged patients. Because of the immature technology and failure in converting hospitals from paper to EHRs, the burden has fallen on physicians to pick up the slack.
However, addressing these problems with artificial intelligence, data visualization and modern interface designs could improve usability while reducing the physician’s burden.
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