Physician Information Overload
Check out this recently published research report. No big surprises here, I’m thinking. But important stuff nonetheless. The message is that when HER/EMR systems are programmed to send out clinical notifications automatically, the poor PCP on the other end gets overwhelmed by volume rather quickly. A recent study found that the average doc is getting 76.9 such notices a day, and is spending the better part of an hour each day reading them, responding to them, etc. AAAHHH!!! Bottom Line. As is so often the case, a drill down here reveals that many of these notices, such as routine lab results, should be downloaded by physicians when they need them, rather than being sent to them automatically. How can better “filtering” be employed here? How about in our own emails???