Doctors spend 16 mins in each patient's e-health record

One third of their time is spent on chart review, reveals the US study of 155,000 medics including GPs

Doctors spend an average of about 16 minutes in every patient's e-health record to review charts, document diagnoses and treatment plans and to order tests, a US study finds.

Electronic medical records

The researchers examined approximately 100 million patient encounters with about 155,000 doctors from all specialties, including GPs, from 417 community-based health systems.

They collected data on every keystroke, mouse click and second of time spent on various tasks in e-health records programs