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Editor's e-Note
For years, the health care industry has been discussing ways to reduce the amount of time doctors spend meeting burdensome documentation requirements, a stressor that affects patient care and contributes to physician burnout and professional dissatisfaction.

As detailed in this month’s E-News Exclusive, a collaboration between an industry giant and a leading professional organization hopes to finally provide some relief to overworked doctors.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
New Partnership Aims to Get Physicians Back to What Matters Most: Caring for Patients
By Peter Durlach

Recent research from the American Medical Association (AMA) reveals a continued, alarming trend: Physicians and health care providers are burned out, and the cost is tremendous.

Physician burnout—and its associated turnover and reduced clinical hours—costs the United States approximately $4.6 billion (or about $7,600 per physician) every year. Furthermore, primary care physicians spend more than one-half of their workday keeping up with data entry administrative tasks—work that prevents them from spending more time with patients.

Physician Burnout Considered a National Pandemic Before COVID-19
Physician burnout—indeed, burnout for any human being—is associated with a range of consequences, eg, stress, fatigue, insomnia, substance abuse/addiction, depression, heart disease, and vulnerability to illness. In fact, well before COVID-19, physician burnout had already been deemed its own pandemic among physicians, and experts have warned of negative impacts on patient outcomes as a result.

A study published in January 2020—prepandemic—revealed that more than 40% of physicians were burned out, with some specialties experiencing rates of burnout that are even higher, and with burnout affecting women more often than men. COVID-19 has since exacerbated the issue, adding tremendous volumes of very sick patients to already heavy workloads, leaving physicians and health care providers suffering from extreme exhaustion, depression, and even posttraumatic stress disorder. Investing in physician wellness has become an imperative, not just for coping with this pandemic, but for supporting the entire health care system going forward.

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Products & Services
WITHmyDOC Launches Remote Patient Monitoring Kit
WITHmyDOC announces the launch of RPM@Home, a remote patient monitoring (RPM) kit. Using a web-based intelligence platform to monitor patients and transmit real-time biometric data to health care providers, RPM@Home supports chronic care management and telehealth visits by providing real-time data to facilitate proactive intervention. WITHmyDOC’s RPM platform allows health care providers to review patients’ biometric data as frequently as needed between office visits, making it easier to detect, diagnose, and treat symptoms. Healthcare Internet of Things devices in the base kit are a pulse oximeter, a weight scale, and a blood pressure monitor. Additional devices available are a glucometer, a 24-hour continuous monitoring temperature sensor, and an ECG/respiratory rate sensor. The RPM@Home kit includes a 10-inch tablet that transmits vital data to the physicians’ office in real time and communicates critical alerts programmed for the individual patient. Designed for chronic care management, WITHmyDOC’s RPM platform delivers predictive analytics through advanced artificial intelligence and utilizes a bilateral notification system. It’s a patient-centric platform that is both device- and EHR-agnostic. Learn more »

Solution Helps Organizations Achieve CMS CoP Compliance
PatientPing, a comprehensive care collaboration platform, announces the launch of Route, a single solution to ensure hospitals achieve compliance for the electronic patient event notifications (e-notifications) Condition of Participation (CoP) published as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule. Route guarantees full e-notifications CoP compliance by enabling hospitals to send electronic, real-time admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT)–based patient event notifications. Route alleviates hospitals’ compliance IT and data-sharing burdens to deliver the required electronic ADT event notifications to other providers whenever patients have inpatient or emergency department visits. The solution automatically manages all incoming provider requests for e-notifications via the Route Requester Portal and handles all outbound ADT data feeds to both providers and health information exchanges/intermediaries. Route also handles all the complexities around the execution of data share agreements with e-notification recipients. The Route solution includes patient-level audit reporting and a documented policies and procedures route guidebook to support hospitals in demonstrating compliance during CMS surveys. Learn more »

ACDIS Offers CDI Professionals a COVID-19 Survival Toolkit
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association for Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) is providing continuing education, professional growth, program recognition, and networking opportunities to its members and CDI professionals. ACDIS is offering a comprehensive CDI COVID-19 survival toolkit to help hospitals that are actively treating COVID-19 filled with free resources, including common clinical indicators, hard-to-find guidance on cytokine storms, physician documentation needs, pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, and survey data related to the pandemic’s impact of the profession. The toolkit is just one easy-to-use resource. ACDIS is also providing ongoing guidance with a weekly eNewsletter, webinars, a podcast, an on-demand virtual education event, online CDI Boot Camps at 50% savings with code CDIONLINE, the 2021 ACDIS Pocket Guide, and more. Learn more »

New myDigital Health Community Connects Leaders Across Health Care
myDigital Health Community has launched as a professional online networking platform that provides a common space for sharing HIT experience, problems, and solutions. It’s organized around key areas in health and care, with an initial rollout of 12 communities identified through the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. MyDigital Health Community is an open environment for anyone wanting to connect and share with others with similar interests, needs, and challenges throughout the global health care ecosystem. The platform features communities focused on cybersecurity, HIT innovation, HIT leadership, COVID-19, the opioid crisis, and public policy, as well as professionally focused communities for women and clinicians in HIT. Content, which includes video, audio, graphics, and written material, is geared toward professionals in the health care industry who want to learn, grow, and expand their networks. Users of the network can engage in any community by following discussions, commenting, and posting materials, and can invite their own peers and professional networks to join. Learn more »
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Industry Insight
Survey Reveals Clinicians Support Sharing Notes With Patients

A first-of-its-kind study of the views and experiences of clinicians who have shared their notes with patients over an extended period of time was published in JAMA Network Open. Of the 1,628 doctors, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and others surveyed, most reported positive experiences with this new effort to offer more transparent communication, although some reported spending increased time documenting clinical visits.

The researchers conducted a web-based survey of primary care physicians, specialist physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, therapists, and others in outpatient settings at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, University of Washington Medicine in Seattle, and Geisinger Health in Pennsylvania. Invitations were sent to 6,064 clinicians, and 1,628 responded to the survey. Participants were clinicians who had written at least one note that was opened by a patient in the year prior to the survey, which was administered from May 21, 2018, to August 31, 2018.

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