Latest post highlights how getting better provider facetime begins with a better EHR
One of the more common complaints among patients and providers these days is that some electronic health record systems (EHRs) make it difficult to connect and engage. Doctors and nurses are stuck looking at the screens, and patients feel like numbers – not individuals with unique needs and concerns.
In his latest commentary on Medium.Com, one of the world’s largest platforms for business, social and entertainment influencers, Net Health CEO Josh Pickus looks further at the problem – and what can and is being done by some to change that paradigm.
Getting Better Provider Face Time Begins with a Better EHR looks at how the administrative demands of EHRs – documenting, coding, and gathering information – which is essential – can sometimes overtake the care portion of healthcare.
Studies show that providers now spend under 30% of their time on direct clinical contact.1 That’s a troubling statistic. What can be done?
Josh outlines some key areas, including:
- Streamlining administrative tasks
- Making workflows simpler, so providers have more time with patients
- Ensuring that the technology helps providers better engage with patients
Of course there’s a lot more we in the industry can do. Josh also gives examples of some promising solutions that strive to put patients – and the people who use technology – first.
Follow Josh on Medium for insights on how to make healthcare technology better, at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Christine Sinsky, Lacey Colligan, Ling Li, et al. Allocation of Physician Time in Ambulatory Practice: A Time and Motion Study in 4 Specialties. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:753–760. [Epub 6 September 2016]. doi:10.7326/M16–0961.