Characterizing physician EHR use with vendor derived data: A feasibility study and cross-sectional analysis.

Title

Characterizing physician EHR use with vendor derived data: A feasibility study and cross-sectional analysis.

Creator

Melnick ER; Ong SY; Fong A; Socrates V; Ratwani RM; Nath B; Simonov M; Salgia A; Williams B; Marchalik D; Goldstein R; Sinsky CA

Publisher

Journal Of The American Medical Informatics Association

Date

2021
2021-04-05

Description

OBJECTIVE: To derive 7 proposed core electronic health record (EHR) use metrics across 2 healthcare systems with different EHR vendor product installations and examine factors associated with EHR time. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional analysis of ambulatory physicians EHR use across the Yale-New Haven and MedStar Health systems was performed for August 2019 using 7 proposed core EHR use metrics normalized to 8 hours of patient scheduled time. RESULTS: Five out of 7 proposed metrics could be measured in a population of nonteaching, exclusively ambulatory physicians. Among 573 physicians (Yale-New Haven N = 290, MedStar N = 283) in the analysis, median EHR-Time8 was 5.23 hours. Gender, additional clinical hours scheduled, and certain medical specialties were associated with EHR-Time8 after adjusting for age and health system on multivariable analysis. For every 8 hours of scheduled patient time, the model predicted these differences in EHR time (P < .001, unless otherwise indicated): female physicians +0.58 hours; each additional clinical hour scheduled per month -0.01 hours; practicing cardiology -1.30 hours; medical subspecialties -0.89 hours (except gastroenterology, P = .002); neurology/psychiatry -2.60 hours; obstetrics/gynecology -1.88 hours; pediatrics -1.05 hours (P = .001); sports/physical medicine and rehabilitation -3.25 hours; and surgical specialties -3.65 hours. CONCLUSIONS: For every 8 hours of scheduled patient time, ambulatory physicians spend more than 5 hours on the EHR. Physician gender, specialty, and number of clinical hours practicing are associated with differences in EHR time. While audit logs remain a powerful tool for understanding physician EHR use, additional transparency, granularity, and standardization of vendor-derived EHR use data definitions are still necessary to standardize EHR use measurement.

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ISSN

1527-974X 1067-5027

NEOMED College

NEOMED College of Medicine

NEOMED Department

Department of Emergency Medicine

Update Year & Number

April 2021 List

Affiliated Hospital

Aultman Hospital

Citation

Melnick ER; Ong SY; Fong A; Socrates V; Ratwani RM; Nath B; Simonov M; Salgia A; Williams B; Marchalik D; Goldstein R; Sinsky CA, “Characterizing physician EHR use with vendor derived data: A feasibility study and cross-sectional analysis.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 18, 2024, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/11627.