12th Annual CME Conference Teaches Practical Strategies to Cope with Burnout Symptoms Related to the Burden of EHR Requirements
According to this article in Becker’s Hospital Review, the administrative burden of EHR requirements has contributed to increased burnout symptoms among healthcare providers. The article lists 6 primary clerical contributors to the growing burnout epidemic:
- Unlike many industries in which advances in technology have improved efficiency, EHRs and other technology in healthcare have intensified administrative burden and complicated processes in the clinical space. Physicians who experienced burnout attributed job dissatisfaction to two major sources: tedious EHR data entry and increased clerical requirements under value-based care.
- Clinicians complete a majority of administrative tasks on an EHR or other electronic system. Physicians spend, on average, 50 percent of their work day entering data into EHRs and completing clerical work, nearly twice as much as the 27 percent of work hours spent interacting with patients, according to a 2016 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
- Physicians cannot escape clerical requirements even when they are with patients. Physicians reported 37 percent of their time during patient visits is spent documenting in the EHR and completing desk work.
- Physicians attribute additional time in front of the EHR, in part, to inefficient data entry processes making clinical documentation tedious and time consuming. EHR interfaces requiring physicians to click multiple times to navigate a single medical record have given rise to a condition known as “click fatigue.”
- Click fatigue is directly correlated to the number of mouse clicks the provider must make to use their EHR and related solutions. More clicks correspond to longer time spent on data entry. Internal medicine residents spent about five hours a day entering data for 10 patient records, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education.
- Excessive hours of EHR box-checking and data entry have taken a toll on U.S. physicians. Providers who use EHRs and computerized physician order entry report lower levels of job satisfaction and higher rates of burnout compared to their counterparts who still use paper, according to a 2016 Mayo Clinic Proceedings study.
Although the time consuming requirements of EHRs are not going away, physicians can learn practical strategies – such as AMI MEDITATION – to transform their stress into strength. AMI MEDITATION techniques that can relieve and prevent physician burnout, will be taught at The American Meditation Institute’s 32-CME conference October 20-24, 2020 at the Wyndhurst Manor and Club in Lenox, Massachusetts. Entitled “The Heart and Science of Yoga,” this comprehensive training in Yoga Science is designed to help identify, prevent and relieve stress and burnout currently being experienced by physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Now in its 12th year of providing physicians continuing medical education credits, this unique curriculum of Yoga Science as holistic mind/body medicine will present an in-depth study of practical meditation and yogic skills designed to help relieve physician burnout by reducing their allostatic load—the physiological consequences of chronic exposure to fluctuating or heightened neural or neuroendocrine responses resulting from chronic stress.