2016-07-13 18:07:21 UTC

Tips to Connect with Patients Despite EHR

July 13, 2016

Electronic health records are unlikely to go away, so what can you do to increase quality time with your patients? Here's one tip from Dr. Laurie Keefer.

TIME Magazine recently connected the use of electronic health records (EHR) with physician burnout, but members are offering tips to make peace with your EHR in the AGA Community forum.

One piece of advice — offered by Laurie Keefer, PhD, AGAF — is making the first 60 seconds and the last 30 seconds of a patient appointment computer free. “Starting off with seemingly small talk will help establish compassion on both sides, foster genuine curiosity (how do they function at work when they are in this pain?) and relax everyone in the room.”

Share your advice or EHR woes in the discussion.

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