Regardless of medical specialty, healthcare practitioners have some of the most demanding careers imaginable. Thanks to weekend calls, emergent requests and a massive number of intensive administrative responsibilities, physicians are forced to spend significantly more time working than hour regulations suggest, especially without the assistance of qualified medical scribes. These taxing schedules can cause significant issues with a physician’s work-life balance, resulting in decreased job satisfaction and productivity. In more severe cases, clinicians may feel so overwhelmed by their work that they seek out less demanding employment opportunities at other healthcare organizations. Consequently, hospital administrators should constantly strive to optimize and maintain clinician’s work-life balance to ensure that their medical team retains its talent and continues to offer exceptional healthcare solutions and support for their patients.
Elite Medical Scribes is dedicated to improving the patient experience by providing clinicians all across the U.S. with unrivaled medical scribe services. Moreover, we fervently believe that a healthy physician work-life balance plays a pivotal part in improving the quality of care that patients receive. In this blog, we’ll be discussing three ways for hospital leadership to help their physicians find an appropriate balance between work and time at home, facilitating improved productivity and employee retention in the process.
1. Ensure Proper Delegation of Tasks
In many cases, physicians are so driven by their passion for helping others that they take on more responsibilities than they need to. For example, your clinicians might be filling out prescriptions or performing other actions related to patient care that could easily be passed off to staff nurses or other medical team members. Lack of efficient delegation puts too many tasks on these practitioners, forcing them to work longer and harder in order to complete all of their duties each day. Of course, it’s impossible and unnecessary to micromanage every single action that your employees take on, but taking the time to ensure that your clinicians delegate less intensive tasks to other team members as often as possible can go a long way in balancing out their already busy schedules.
2. Make Use of Telemedicine Appointments
Many clinicians relish the opportunity to commit a portion of their work week towards telemedicine calls because it allows them to reduce the number of hours they spend at the office. In fact, in a recent 2015 survey of 2,000 primary care physicians, more than half stated that they would be willing to participate in video consultations with patients, largely to improve overall work-life balance. Consulting with patients from the comfort of home allows your employees to spend more invaluable time with their families. It’s also worth noting that this system often allows clinicians to serve more patients within a shorter span of time, providing them with more opportunities to visit and bond with loved ones and friends.
3. Utilize Medical Scribes
It’s no secret that the implementation of medical scribe services can have a phenomenal impact on the overall productivity of clinicians. However, recent studies strongly suggest that medical scribes can also boost clinician job satisfaction and work-life balance. In a recent study published in 2017 by the Journal of Family Practice, researchers incorporated four part-time scribes into a family medicine practice that consisted of seven physicians. Researchers utilized surveys and time tracking tools to measure the effect that the scribes had on physician office hours, productivity, documentation time, physician satisfaction, and perceptions of work-life balance.
At the conclusion of the study, researchers found that the use of medical scribes in a demanding primary care practice “substantially reduced the amount of time that physicians spent on charting, improved work-life balance, and had good patient acceptance.” In terms of specific numbers, physicians participating in the study spent an average of 5.1 fewer work hours per week on medical documentation and increased productivity from 9.2 to 28.8 percent, resulting in massive financial gains for the practice. This study makes it very clear that effective utilization of medical scribes can substantially improve physician work-life balance while simultaneously boosting facility ROI.
Hire Elite Medical Scribes for Your Clinicians
Elite Medical Scribes is the nation’s preeminent provider of the highest quality medical scribe services for healthcare systems, physician groups, and independent practices. As a result of our tireless commitment to exceptional, measurable client results, we’ve become the preferred scribe partner for several of the country’s leading and most respected healthcare organizations. If you would like to see firsthand how our elite scribes can benefit your clinicians and patients, then don’t hesitate to call or message us today. We would be happy to work with you to develop a customized scribing program that perfectly meets the needs of your medical team!
Last but not least, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about medical scribes, electronic medical records training, EMR conversion, physician work balance, or anything else pertaining to the efficiency and well-being of your medical team. We take pride in our industry-leading customer service and are more than willing to provide you with any additional resources or counsel you need.