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Study finds first-year interns spend 43% of their day on EHR

April 16, 2019


Internal medicine residents devote 87 percent of their work time away from patients, about half of which is taken up interacting with electronic health records.

That’s the finding of a new study, conducted by researchers at Penn Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, published on Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The analysis of six internal medicine programs in the mid-Atlantic region assessed how first-year interns allocate time while working on general medicine inpatient services. The researchers documented the activities of 80 interns—which included 194 shifts and 2,173 hours—during a three-month period.

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