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Residents and EHR usage

Residency Program Insider, February 26, 2016

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First-year internal medicine residents spend about 112 hours a month entering patient data into EHR, or about five hours a day, according to a study published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Researchers measured EHR usage data of 41 residents in May, July, and October 2014, and January 2015. During those months, the residents accumulated more than 18,000 hours of EHR usage during nearly 34,000 electronic patient record encounters, averaging about 30 minutes per encounter with a maximum of 10 encounters per day.

Researchers found that the average time spent per encounter decreased over time and may be attributed to the residents’ growing familiarity with EHR or greater EHR efficiencies.

Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education



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