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Almost Half of Physicians Burned Out in Their Specialty
In a previous newsletter, we asked “Do you feel burned out in your specialty?” According to the 2015 Medscape Physician Lifestyle Report, 46 percent of physicians surveyed felt they were burned out, which increased since 2013. The most burned-out physicians were from Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, HIV/Infectious Diseases, Radiology, OB/GYN, Neurology and Urology. An overwhelming number of physicians who answered our poll say they feel burned out in their specialty.
Family Practice Articles of Interest
Primary Care Physicians Diagnose Skin Conditions Through Tool Without Consulting Dermatologists
Source: Penn Medicine
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania studied how physicians use a software diagnostic tool for skin conditions. This innovative tool, VisualDx, helps physicians diagnose dermatological disorders without needing to consult with an actual dermatologist. The software provides almost 30,000 images for the primary care or emergency medicine physician to compare to the individual needing treatment. The researchers think this tool could aid in the accuracy of diagnoses while reducing the likelihood of harm due to misdiagnoses.
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Technology is Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Source: The Washington Post
Whether they are ready or not, physicians must accept that technology is altering their relationships with patients. Almost 75 percent of adults in the U.S. search for health information online and many prefer to have access to their online health records. Due to changes by CMS, about two-thirds of physicians and most hospitals use electronic medical records (EMRs) now that they are provided with financial incentives, while only 18 percent of physicians used EMRs in 2001. While most have switched to the use of EMRs, many physicians are overwhelmed with keeping up with the data. This sometimes leads to physicians spending more time staring at their computer or tablet screen during appointments instead of focusing on the patient. Physicians need to remember patients are constantly researching health issues online and want more transparency with their records.
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