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Comment & Response
August 2016

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

Author Affiliations
  • 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

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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