Not all illnesses are visible. Physician burnout is a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of a sense of personal achievement. A 2019 report revealed that 44% of doctors are burned out.
In March 2018, there were 501,296 active physicians working in the United States. That’s more than half a million people who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of others. Just as important to the world of healthcare are the 234,000 licensed nurse practitioners and the 122,555 licensed physician assistants (as of 2017) who work tirelessly to keep people healthy.
Often, the constant time spent keeping patients healthy can affect a medical professional’s health.
That’s alarming, not just for doctors trying to combat burnout, but for the patients who rely upon physicians to keep them healthy.
Although there isn’t one particular cause that leads to physician burnout, the rapid increase in the sophistication of medical technology and the rise of convoluted EHR systems can leave physicians with less time interacting with patients, and more time behind a computer screen.
At eClinicalWorks, there is an emphasis on simplicity and ease of use for the user. Our goal is to help doctors reduce the hours they spend on documentation and help them gain precious minutes to achieve a better work-life balance.
Here are 4 key ways that we're combating physician burnout:
- Scribe — The eClinicalWorks virtual scribe saves doctors time with hands-free dictation anywhere.
- Eva — The healthcare IT industry’s first embedded virtual assistant helps providers save time by eliminating clicks and increasing efficiency.
- Interoperability — Through Carequality, CommonWell, and our HIE, eClinicalWorks gives providers access to complete patient histories on demand and at the point of care.
- Patient Engagement Tools — eClinicalWorks offers a suite of tools like Kiosk, Messenger, and healow TeleVisits that help ease the burden on physicians and empower patients to better manage their own health.
At eClinicalWorks, we’re constantly striving to innovate and are dedicated to creating products to address the needs of medical professionals and reduce physician burnout.