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By Jackie Drees from Becker’s Hospital Review
Primary care clinicians on average spend the most time using EHRs compared to medical and surgical specialists, according to a study published March 22 inJAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers from Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston-based Harvard Medical School and Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine collaborated on the study. For the analysis, the researchers compared total and after-hours EHR use among 351 U.S. ambulatory healthcare organizations that used an Epic EHR between January and August 2019.
Three study findings:
- The average active daily time spent in the EHR was 115 minutes for primary care clinicians, 85.7 minutes for medical specialists and 45.6 minutes for surgical specialists.
- The average active daily after-hours time was 29.8 minutes for primary care clinicians, 26.2 minutes for medical specialists and 16 minutes for surgical specialists.
- For average time spent on daily notes, primary care clinicians spent the most at 51.5 minutes, followed by medical specialties at 40.8 minutes and surgical specialties at 22 minutes.