Are quality reporting requirements turning clinicians into clerks?

Amy Krane, Marketing

Modern Healthcare recently shared concrete evidence of what we’ve all been thinking: the burden of documentation is preventing healthcare professionals from doing their jobs.

“Too much reporting=less patient care” references a case study in which two full-time infection-prevention specialists at a 355-bed acute-care community hospital reported how much time they spent completing public reporting tasks.

Their answers were astounding. Both said they had spent 5 hours a day, or 118 hours a month, at their desks filling out paperwork.

This time was manually spent completing reports for events that had occurred at the hospital. Certainly a necessary task, but also one that prevents them from completing rounds, educating staff & patients, enacting safety preparedness routines and other tasks designed to actually address infection control.

The harsh truth of today’s healthcare industry is that as we improve our care standards, more accountability is needed, and by extension, more mandatory reporting and documentation.

However, turning clinicians into clerks isn’t the answer. How can we expect to improve care if we chain our healthcare professionals to their desks?

QPID Health developed our Q-Scout, Q-Folio, and Q-Caliber solutions to eliminate the manual labor required to generate information for quality and registry reporting. Q-Caliber uses computer assisted data abstraction technology and advanced clinical reasoning to find and report on the information required to meet quality mandates. The result is less time spent chained to a desk, and more accurate reporting.

To reach our goals as a healthcare industry we need to maximize the amount of value gleaned from the information at our disposal while also reducing time spent away from our patients.

Read the Modern Healthcare blog post. And check out our recent post on the related issue of the burden of documentation in EHRs, or what the American College of Physicians calls “coding and compliance trumping clarity and conciseness.”


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