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    Study sheds light on in-room time with patients, EHR documentation

    With proper modeling, time stamps may help to schedule patients optimally, configure clinic

    Reviewed by Michael F. Chiang, MD

    The transition from paper charts to electronic health records (EHRs) has created concerns about efficiency. In a Medical Economics journal survey of about 1,000 physicians nationally, 67% of respondents said they are dissatisfied with their EHR functionality, and 65% responded that their EHR created financial losses.1

    Physicians at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) went live with EHR about 10 years ago. They have published studies showing how the volume of patients in ophthalmology has gone down slightly, whereas the time required by physicians has gone up.2

    More recently, these physicians conducted a new study with two goals. The first part of the study looked at how pediatric ophthalmologists spend their time when in-room with patients.

    The second part is a study of data to find out how much time is required for documentation with EHR in pediatric ophthalmology, and when that documentation is occurring.

    Part 1: In-room time

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