Pediatricians spend 16 minutes per patient encounter in EHR, study finds 

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The research group used time frame around computer system keystrokes and mouse clicks/movements to identify operate in the EHR from times when records might have sat idly open when the physician was working on other jobs. The team then broke clinician work in the EHR into 13 classifications, with chart review, documentation and ordering comprising a collective 75 percent of total pediatrician activity in the EHR..

EHR usage data broken down by specialty and average encounter times provides “an important set of metrics versus which we can compare new EHR developments,” Dr. Johnson concluded..

For the research study, Nashville, Tenn.-based Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers evaluated Cerner EHR information from about 20 million patient encounters including 30,000 pediatricians. The Cerner EHR log files are pulled from 2018 and represent 417 health systems throughout the U.S..

The scientists discovered that the typical time per encounter was 16 minutes, but this varied across pediatric subspecialties. Pediatric surgery was the most affordable at 6.82 minutes and rheumatology was highest at 26.41 minutes..

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Pediatricians on average invest about 16 minutes utilizing the EHR for each outpatient encounter, according to a study released this month in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics..

” With everybody in this study using Cerners software application, the large variation that we discovered within each subspecialty is possibly unexpected and recommends considerable opportunity for more efficient use of the EHR as presently configured,” said Kevin Johnson, MD, biomedical informatics chair at VUMC and research study co-author, according to a Nov. 4 news release..

Jackie Drees –
Friday, November 6th, 2020
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