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Report: EHR use high among Wisconsin doctors

Doctors from different states vary in many ways. This includes in how common the use of electronic health records is among them. While EHR use has been growing in prominence over the past several years here in the U.S., it hasn’t done so at a uniform pace across the country.

How do Wisconsin doctors compare to physicians in the rest of the U.S. when it comes to EHR use? According to a recent report, EHR use is particularly high among Wisconsin’s physicians. The report was from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

How much time does EHR work take up for primary care doctors?

Among the common tasks for doctors these days are those related to keeping electronic health records (EHRs). These tasks can take up a fair amount of a doctor’s time. Just how much time? A recent study suggests that it is typical for primary care physicians to use almost half of their work day on EHR-related matters.

The study focused on 140 Wisconsin primary care doctors. These doctors all had an association with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers looked at the EHR use of these physicians. The study found that, on average, about 45 percent of the doctors’ work day was taken up by EHR tasks.

Wisconsin nurses especially overworked?

How much stress a nurse is feeling can impact them considerably, both at work and at home.

One thing that could create a lot of stress for a nurse is having to deal with an especially heavy workload. A recent study indicates that workloads might be particularly heavy for nurses here in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin ranked No. 1 in healthcare system quality

Doctors work hard to provide high-quality health care to their patients. What is the overall quality of Wisconsin’s healthcare system? A study points to it being the highest quality system in the whole country.

The study ranked the various state healthcare systems in America, and gave Wisconsin the No. 1 ranking. Patient safety, acute care and chronic care were among the areas that the state’s healthcare system was found to be especially strong in.

Survey: Desire to keep working prevalent among older doctors

It is important for doctors to properly address the legal matters that arise in relation to their career, such as contract matters. This is true whatever stage of their career they are in. Health law attorneys can assist doctors with dealing with the legal issues particular to where they are within their professional career.

One set of practice-related legal matters that an increasing number of physicians might be navigating these days are the issues that come up in connection to continuing to practice deep into one’s career. This is because, as a recent survey suggests, a desire to continue working may be very common among today’s physicians who are approaching retirement age.

Communication issues in home health care

There are many ways nurses serve patients here in America. Some nurses are involved in providing home care services to patients. For some patients, such services play a very critical role in their life.

Now, there are some things that could get in the way of a home care nurse’s ability to serve their patients. One are license issues. One thing such issues could arise in connection to are disciplinary hearings with the state for alleged care shortcomings. What happens with such issues can have long-term implications for a home care nurse’s career and their overall goals regarding helping patients. So, when legal issues come up in which they could potentially be facing a temporary or permanent loss of their nursing license, quality legal guidance on their situation can be an important thing for a nurse to seek out.

Delivering bad news to patients

Doctors face many challenging situations during the course of their work. One of the difficult tasks that can come before a doctor is having to give a patient bad news. There are a wide range of serious diagnoses or news of negative outcomes a doctor may end up having to deliver to their patients.

What a doctor says when the time to deliver such news comes about can matter a great deal. Making missteps when delivering this news could make this already difficult situation even worse. It could leave a patient feeling even more emotional pain over the news. Or it could leave a patient confused and unclear on their situation and what they can do moving forward.

Differences in EHR concerns between office-based and hospital-based doctors

Among the ways doctors vary from each other is in their work environment. For example, some doctors work at hospitals, while others are based from offices.

Where a doctor is based, office or hospital, can have a wide range of impacts for them. For example, where a doctor works can impact the types of legal issues that arise for them in relation to their work. Skilled attorneys can help office-based and hospital-based physicians here in Wisconsin with being aware of and addressing the legal matters particular to their specific practice situation.

Will Wisconsin open athletic physicals to chiropractors?

Physicians are far from the only health care professionals that can have major legal issues come up for them in relation to their practice. Another such professional are chiropractors. A chiropractor’s career can be greatly impacted by how legal issues related to their license and other aspects of their practice are handled. Getting guidance from an attorney knowledgeable of the unique legal issues that can arise for chiropractors can be important for a chiropractor when such legal matters come up.

Many things can impact what kinds of legal matters can arise for chiropractors here in Wisconsin. Among these are state laws related to chiropractors.

Parent-doctor trust in the internet age

For physicians, there are many unique aspects to providing medical care to children. One is the important role the level of trust between a doctor and a child’s parents plays in such care.

There are many things that can affect how much trust parents have in their child’s doctor. This includes what happened in any past legal matters the doctor was involved in, such as matters involving potential disciplinary actions from the state’s medical board. These matters can heavily impact a doctor’s reputation, which can have significant impacts on parent trust. This contributes to the great importance how legal matters are handled can have for doctors who regularly care for children.

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