While physician burnout saw a decline prior to COVID-19’s emergence, it is still a major professional problem that demands systemic responses. As physicians navigate the ongoing pandemic, they also struggle with too much paperwork, lack of time for patient-centered care, and poor work-life balance. But what if health systems could put a huge dent in clinical documentation burdens that are such a big contributor to doctors’ burnout?
“If we put our heads together, those of us with a clinical background and those with an informatics background can come together and really achieve that vision of reducing documentation by 75% by 2025,” said AMA Vice President of Professional Satisfaction Christine Sinsky, MD, during the virtual 25x5: Symposium to Reduce Documentation Burden on U.S. Clinicians by 75% by 2025. The American Medical Informatics Association, the US National Library of Medicine, Columbia University Department of Medical Bioethics and Vanderbilt Medical University collaborated on this initiative to establish strategies and approaches to reduce physician documentation burden in the U.S. to 25% by 2025.
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