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.
Dombrowski W, Clay B, O'Brien JD. Electronic Health Records Quantify Previously Existing Phenomenon—Physicians Spend Hours Coordinating Care. JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1234-1235. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3889