In an op-ed published Nov. 14 in the New York Times, Ofri cites a study by Annals of Family Medicine, which showed 142 family medicine physicians spent the better chunk of their days — roughly six hours out of an average 11-hour shift — on the EMR.
“These study results hovered over my head as I worked through a recent clinic session, most of which felt devoted to serving the E.M.R. rather than my patients,” Ofri writes. “I try to spend as much time as I can directly focused on each patient, listening to what she is saying, thinking hard about her clinical situation. This is the essence of good medicine. But it’s not the essence of what makes the clinical enterprise proceed forward. In today’s medical world, nothing exists until the E.M.R. requirements are tended to.”