From the article:
Over 54% of doctors are now expressing mild to severe levels of burnout, which affects both their personal health and the quality of care they can provide. Burnout leads to poor job satisfaction, negative workplace culture, increased medical errors, and a poor patient experience.
But the negative impact of physician burnout doesn’t end there—recent studies have begun measuring the financial impact of physician burnout on small practices, hospitals, and health systems.
Consider the following numbers:
- Stanford Medicine has estimated that turnover and replacement costs due to physician burnout would cost them at least $7.75 million a year.
- According to some journals, the cost of replacing a single primary care physician starts at $250,000, with the real costs reaching over $1 million.
- A National Task Force recently released a paper suggesting that the financial cost of physician turnover may be over $17 billion dollars in the US.
Dr. Christine Sinsky, vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association, sees the clear connection between physician burnout and EHR requirements.
“We have to recognize the exacting toll that the first generation of electronic health records have had on physicians,” Sinsky said.
“I would identify it as one of the most important drivers of physician burnout.”
Atrius Health, Massachusetts’ largest independent physician group, has announced a very interesting strategy to reduce burnout—they are attempting to reduce the total number of mouse clicks required by their physicians by 1.5 million a year.
How can this strategy be effective? Because EHR workflows have become bloated, increasingly regulated, and directly connected to reimbursement, which forces physicians to handle most of the tasks. Making the EHR workflow simpler, more intuitive, with less clicks and more accuracy is a primary way we can all help physicians reduce levels of burnout and improve patient care at the same time.
Want to see how NoteSwift is helping physicians reduce burnout by reducing clicks and saving time on EHR documentation? Contact us to schedule a demonstration of Samantha, the real-time transcriptionist.