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Electronic Health Records Quantify Previously Existing Phenomenon—Physicians Spend Hours Coordinating Care

Wen Dombrowski, MD, MBA1; Brian Clay, MD2; Jeana D. O'Brien, MD, MMI3
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1Resonate Health, New York, New York
2UC San Diego Health, San Diego, California
3Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, Temple, Texas
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3889.
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To the Editor We read with great interest the article in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine by Murphy et al1 regarding the number of electronic health record (EHR) notifications that physicians receive. The authors conclude that “physicians spend an estimated 66.8 minutes per day processing notifications, which likely adds a substantial burden to their workday.”1(p559) We wholeheartedly agree with Murphy et al that better EHR designs and staffing strategies are needed to support team-based care and manage the associated influx of information.

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August 1, 2016
Daniel R. Murphy, MD, MBA; Dean F. Sittig, PhD; Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
1 Houston VA Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Houston, Texas2Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
3University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston4UT-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality & Safety, Houston, Texas
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1235-1236. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3901.
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