It’s no surprise that healthcare workers are suffering from burnout after the past year. COVID-19 hit the frontline workers hard, and it shows.
Physician burnout isn’t a new phenomena. It’s been an increasing problem long before 2020, but the pandemic only increased the trend. It also created new challenges for clinicians, like remote care, which never previously existed at the scale it does today. A new study found that 82% of doctors and 73% of nurses say a key contributor to burnout is clinical documentation and the processes that surround it. This leads to decreased efficiency and satisfaction for both providers and patients.
The good news? Technology is making it easier to support clinicians, reduce stress and minimize burnout since it “gives clinicians more time to focus on the most essential task: providing help and guidance to their patients”.
Technologies like avoMD allow clinicians to quickly access standardized pathways at the point of care. Medical information, workflows and guidelines can often be overwhelming, out of date or even wrong. avoMD gives clinicians a highly contextualized, user-friendly experience that can occur during patient care. The app improves efficiency and enhances physician productivity, and allows for more time to be together with the patient.
Since the pandemic, clinicians are experiencing even more feelings of exhaustion and overload. Through technology and platforms like avoMD, hospitals and healthcare systems can take a step in the right direction to reducing burnout and alleviating stress.