Documentation is physicians' most common pain point, survey finds

More than one-third of physicians say activities related to documentation are the tasks they would most prefer not to do or to have improved, according to a Deloitte report.

Deloitte surveyed 624 primary care and specialty physicians for its poll on attitudes toward EHRs. The poll was conducted as part of the Deloitte 2018 Survey of U.S. Physicians, which is designed to be representative of the American Medical Association Masterfile with respect to years in practice, gender, geography, practice type and specialty.

Here are the most common tasks physicians cited when asked about the No. 1 daily activity they would prefer not to do or to do more efficiently:

1. Documentation-related: 36 percent

2. Communication and care coordination: 20 percent

3. Insurance-related: 19 percent

4. Prescription-related: 11 percent

4. Improve workflow: 11 percent

6. EHR complaints: 9 percent

7. Better decision-making support: 2 percent

Four percent of respondents cited "other."

To download Deloitte's report, click here.

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