Physician Burnout in the Electronic Health Record Era: Are We Ignoring the Real Cause?

Published in the Annals of Internal medicine, the following article discusses the impact of electronic health records (EHRs) on physician’s interaction with patients and on clinician burnout. Although EHRs have great potential to improve care, they may also have perverse effects. Some studies suggest that U.S. physicians now spend as much time on “desktop medicine” (interacting with the computer) as they do face to face with patients. Providers must divide their attention between patients and the EHR, compromising patient–physician relationships. Although few physicians support reverting to paper, there is a growing sense within the medical community that the EHR is driving professional dissatisfaction and burnout.