In almost all career fields, workers often reach the point of exhaustion, fatigue, and burnout in their daily grind. But while physical exhaustion can be remedied by a considerable amount of rest and relaxation, burnout is a major cause of concern in the workforce because it usually results in lost revenue due to decreased productivity and, eventually, higher staff turnover.
Burnout in the field of healthcare and medicine is an immediate concern that needs to be addressed as it not only impacts the emotional, physical, and mental well-being of healthcare practitioners, but it also puts their patients at risk of poor quality care and even medical errors.
In a 2018 study conducted by the Physicians Foundation, a whopping 80% of physicians surveyed reported that they felt overworked, while 78% of the respondents expressed that they either occasionally or always felt burned out from their work. These are alarming numbers given that every healthcare worker’s prolonged exposure to occupational stressors can have serious consequences on the kind of care and attention they give to their patients as well as on the reputation of the organization they work for.
Physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals are the most prone to burnout, emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, depression, and a low sense of fulfillment from their job because they often endure long work hours and highly stressful work routines every day.
There are ways to minimize the risks of burnout with healthcare personnel, and it will be wise for medical organizations to explore these strategies in order to maintain the all-important patient connection that gives meaning to every worker’s commitment to the healthcare profession.
An effective way to reduce stressful routines in the healthcare arena is to set up a system that will organize and considerably simplify the staff’s work processes. In fact, a growing number of medical and clinical institutions all over the world have already shifted to EHR systems that fully digitize their health records, giving way to a more convenient and efficient transmission of information and patient data among healthcare workers.
With a fully functional EHR system, a healthcare institution benefits from breakthrough time management features such as calendar reminders for patient treatment and follow-up reports, accessible yet highly secure medical records that can be conveniently updated in real-time from any location, better HR processes, among many other digital capabilities. There are also EHRs that are equipped with telemedicine or telehealth features that allow remote patient monitoring and treatment via online video conferencing and electronic communication.
Such EHR digital innovations remarkably help healthcare workers avoid burnout as they are able to reduce unnecessary paperwork (and go paperless!), minimize the time needed to create and file their reports, and streamline their work processes with a more efficient communication system among their peers as well as with their respective patients.
Zoobook Systems offers a unique EHR system that is packed with such revolutionary digital features that already benefit hundreds of clinical facilities from around the world. For a FREE demo of the Zoobook EHR, call 1-800-995-6997 or visit www.zoobooksystems.com.