High EHR Burden for Some GI Providers
Among those who provide gastrointestinal (GI) care, electronic health records (EHRs) may be particularly burdensome for physicians who specialize in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or hepatology, as well as for nonphysician providers (NPPs), according to a new study.
IBD and hepatology specialists spend more time per appointment using the EHR, including for clinical review and outside of regular hours, compared to other subspecialists, the study finds. Additionally, NPPs spend more time in EHRs than physicians.
"Given the often-complicated medical histories of patients with IBD as well as the role of IBD specialists as de-facto primary care providers for many patients, these findings are not surprising," say Aman Bali, MD, and colleagues with the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.