Addressing EHR regulatory requirements as the cause of burnout

Regulatory requirements could be a main reason for physician dissatisfaction and increased burnout with electronic health records (EHRs), according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published May 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Led by N. Lance Downing, MD, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, the paper outlines problems within American EHRs and utilization to provide insight on where improvements can be made to reduce burnout. In the paper, authors explain how the current American EHR environment is poised to increase physician burnout because of the administrative task set on providers. In other countries, only essential clinical information is needed while American EHRs include compliance and reimbursement documentation.

"We believe that platform improvements are essential but will be insufficient to address a key cause of physician burnout: our outdated regulatory requirements," the authors write.

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