Ophthalmologists Spend Substantial Time on EHR Use

Source: Medscape

Ophthalmologists spent more than a quarter of their time with patients on electronic health records (EHRs), despite already having limited time overall to spend with patients, according to a single-center cohort study published October 12 in JAMA Ophthalmology, according to a report in Medscape.

"Physicians face growing time pressures as care of chronic medical issues becomes more complex and as increasing emphasis is placed on reporting patient satisfaction and quality of care metrics," said Sarah Read-Brown, BA, and colleagues from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "These time pressures may have negative consequences for patients, as research suggests that physician performance suffers under time pressure."

They add, "[T]hese findings highlight the importance of developing EHRs to meet the needs of patients and physicians and to develop appropriate training programs to improve the quality and efficiency of care."

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