Physicians Spend More Time on EMRs Than With Patients in ED

Emergency medicine physicians spend nearly half their time entering data into electronic medical records (EMRs), according to a study conducted in a community hospital in Pennsylvania.

Robert G. Hill Jr, MD, from St. Luke’s University Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania and colleagues analyzed time use in their emergency department and found that physicians spent 43% of their time, on average, performing data entry, or roughly twice as much as that spent on direct patient care. Their study was published online September 23 in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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