Computers Are The New “Scut”

Time Management: Results of another time and motion study of internal medicine residents will not be surprising to observers of the 21st-century hospital.  Residents spent 50% of their time on the computer, 60% of their time multi-tasking (e.g. on the computer and the phone simultaneously), and less than 10% of their time with their patients.  This was less than the amount of time moving from one location to another or waiting.  The electronic health record has many benefits but also many unintended consequences. — Laura Willett, MD

Mamykina L, Vawdrey DK, Hripcsak G. How Do Residents Spend Their Shift Time? A Time and Motion Study With a Particular Focus on the Use of Computers. Acad Med. 2016 Mar

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