Below is an excerpt from our latest eBook, An unlikely remedy: How technology can alleviate the clinician HIT burden.
Clinician burnout is a complex issue – one that was taking a heavy toll on providers even before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Now, with the relentless stress and exhaustion brought on by this unprecedented challenge, the rate of burnout among healthcare workers is on the rise1.
While it is often perceived of as an individual struggle, burnout is an organizational issue, and responsibility for dealing with it rests with each institution. As a result, employers must understand not only the internal and external stressors contributing to the problem, but also work to minimize them in meaningful ways2.
The cost of clinical documentation
A number of factors contribute to burnout – including long hours and demanding workloads3 – but the growing administrative requirements associated with electronic clinical documentation are chief among them. Indeed, with 70% of EHR users reporting health IT-related stress4 and burnout costing organizations an average of $7,600 per physician every year due to turnover and reduced clinical hours5, technology’s influence on the issue cannot be ignored.
With legislation like the 21st Century Cures Act, the federal government is making strides toward improving interoperability in healthcare, which in turn should help alleviate the HIT burden on providers. However, this type of change is slow-moving – making more immediate solutions essential.
The quick(er) fixes to clinician HIT burnout
While it may seem counterintuitive to combat the clinician HIT burden with more technology, effectively leveraging the right IT solutions is actually an excellent place to start.
Download our eBook where we explore how the use of technology can enhance the EHR so that it works better for clinicians – by alleviating some of the stressors contributing to burnout.
1Bean, Mackenzie. 7 stats on physician burnout amid COVID-19. Becker’s Hospital Review. 6 August 2021. Accessed via: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-physician-relationships/7-stats-on-physician-burnout-2.html
2Burnout and Resilience: A Framework for Data Analysis and a Positive Path Forward. Press Ganey. 2018.
3Patel R, Bachu R, Adikey A, et al. Factors Related to Physician Burnout and Its Consequences: A Review. Behavioral Science. 25 October 2018. Accessed via: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6262585/
4Gardner RL, Cooper E, Haskell J, et al. Physician stress and burnout: the impact of health information technology. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 5 December 2018. Accessed via: https://academic.oup.com/jamia/article/26/2/106/5230918?login=true
5Han S, Shanafelt T, Sinsky C, et al. Estimating attributable cost of physician burnout in the United States. Annals of Internal Medicine. 28 May 2019. Accessed via: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31132791/.