Getting Back to Face Time: AI Tools that Help Reduce Physicians’ Computer Use

Just as computers have propelled major advances in modern medicine, their presence has also become a significant burden. That’s because the amount of time physicians now spend on the computer — reviewing clinical data and completing required documentation in electronic health records (EHRs) — has soared. It is estimated that physicians spend roughly half of their day on documentation and less than a third with their patients. Put another way, for each hour of face-to-face interaction with patients, physicians log almost two hours on administrative computer tasks. Moreover, many physicians spend time at home, typically one to two hours each night, to stay abreast of their computer work.