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Mitigating physician burnout and improving doctor-patient relationships

John Sartori, PhD

John Sartori, PhD

Co-founder, CTO

This blog article summarizes an active research project Q-rounds cofounder John Sartori, Ph.D., and Christopher J. Tignanelli, MD MS FACS FAMIA.

To combat the ever-increasing levels of physician burnout and its related impact on doctor-patient relationships, the AmbiScribe project seeks to create an AI-enabled medical assistant that will automate and thereby simplify the process of data entry into the Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

Navigating the EMR

EMRs transformed the healthcare landscape by providing streamlined access to patient data. But physicians are spending more time navigating EMRs than engaging in face-to-face interactions with their patients, contributing to overall physician burnout. This shift to screen- instead of face-time has profound effects on both the healthcare industry and the doctor-patient relationship.

Reducing administrative burden

AmbiScribe is poised to make significant strides in alleviating physician burnout by automating and streamlining the process of data entry into EMRs, reducing the administrative burden on healthcare providers. This efficiency opens up more time for physicians to focus on patient care and meaningful interactions, which could curb the burnout epidemic by increasing physician job satisfaction.

Rounding it up

Nurturing the doctor-patient relationship is a cornerstone of effective healthcare. AmbiScribe proposes an innovative use of ambient speech recognition and classification technology, automatically navigating and populating the EMR during patient-provider conversations. 

Levering technology to enhance EMR data entry not only  improves clinical outcomes, but reinvigorates doctor-patient relationships, resulting in reduced physician burnout and improved patient care.

Q-rounds reduces decision fatigue by using AI to learn provider preferences and suggest an optimal rounding order, lightening the cognitive load experienced by providers and giving them more connection time with patients and their families. It also empowers patients, letting them know when to expect the doctor, care team and family members, lowering their anxiety and increasing involvement in care decisions. 

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