Tackling “Pajama Time” in the EHR

This is part of the OpenAI ChatGPT NerdMDs Experiment

There are several factors that may contribute to increased “pajama time” (i.e., the time that physicians spend working outside of regular business hours) when using electronic health records (EHRs), including:

  1. Data entry: Entering and updating patient data into the EHR can be time-consuming and may require additional work outside of regular business hours.
  2. Alert fatigue: EHRs often generate a large number of alerts and notifications, which can be overwhelming and may require additional time to review and address.
  3. Interoperability issues: If the EHR is not well-integrated with other systems and processes, it may require additional work to coordinate care and access needed information.
  4. User interface and workflow issues: If the EHR is difficult to use or does not fit well with the way that physicians work, it may require additional time and effort to complete tasks.

Overall, the impact of EHRs on physician pajama time can vary depending on the specific system and how well it is designed and implemented

1 thought on “Tackling “Pajama Time” in the EHR

  1. PJ time is important, but I think understanding EHR effectiveness is more important of a factor. We have developed tools and training that help clinicians use the EMR better and accomplish the cognitive tasks of knowing the patient. When doing so their EHR time goes up and so does their EHR satisfaction. We suffer moral injury when we are not given the tools, the time, or the skill to do our job. Adjust any of these and life gets better. Working on paper and tools for this.


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