Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AI Helps Physicians Spend More Time with Patients

Physicians spend less time than ever with patients — just 27 percent of the workday, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2016. The main culprit: electronic health records. Doctors find themselves increasingly glued to computers, acting as glorified data entry administrators. Even when they’re in the same room as patients, doctors interacted with them only 52 percent of the time. However, the study also found a contra-indicator: doctors who used some kind of document support — a medical scribe or dictation service — spent more time interacting directly with patients.