How long do physicians spend charting on EHRs each day?

A common clinician complaint regarding EHRs is the interruption in workflow and productivity. A recent survey conducted by the Physicians' Alliance of America sought to determine how much additional time using EHRs adds to clinicians' work days.

The survey gathered responses from more than 250 clinicians nationwide.

The majority of respondents (34 percent) said they spend less than 30 minutes per day charting, followed by 23 percent who spend between 30 and 60 minutes and 17 percent who spend between 60 and 90 minutes. Nine percent of respondents indicated spending more than 120 minutes per day on charting.

When asked about productivity levels since using EHRs, 28 percent of physicians said their productivity stayed the same, while 46 percent said it decreased and 26 percent said it increased.

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