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Study: Medical trainees lose 90 minutes a week on electronic medical records

Residency Program Insider, September 12, 2014

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According to the results of a 19-question survey sent out by the American College of Physicians, researchers determined that medical trainees are losing an average of 18 minutes a day, or 90 minutes a week, recording patient information into electronic medical records (EMR).
 
The time lost by trainees is significantly less than that of attending physicians, who reported losing an average 48 minutes a day, or four hours a week. In a letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers speculate that better computer skills or shorter clinic assignments may explain the difference in time lost between trainees and attending physicians.  
 
Nearly 90% of all respondents attributed the lost time to the fact that at least one data management function was slower after adopting EMR. Respondents also said it took longer to write notes, find and review medical record data, and read other clinicians’ notes using EMR.
 
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine

 



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