Oncology Workload on the Rise
One of the topics addressed in the 2017 Genentech Oncology Trend Report was the increasing workload of oncologists. If you work in oncology, you are probably aware of this trend and feel the weight of all the tasks on your plate. Maybe you can relate to those who were surveyed:
- Half reported that their workload is increasing and becoming more intense. Many oncologists expect workloads to continue to increase in the coming months and years.
- 37% had more patient encounters each week than the prior year.
- 40% were paying for medical scribes either as staff or subcontractors. Even though this was an additional expense, oncologists who had help with their documentation experienced higher satisfaction and productivity.
- On average, oncologists plan on working 47 hours a week but work 54 hours a week and spend 13% of their work day working within their EHR system.
This increase in workload is attributed to the rise of burnout among oncologists, which is more than just feeling tired. Burnout causes physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, and affects you, your patients, and your personal life!
We at PalabraApps know what you’re up against and are committed to helping physicians reduce burnout, eliminate frustration and get their valuable time back.
What Palabra users love most is how much time it saves them in their documentation, saving about 125 hours a year. Not only that, most have completely eliminated transcription costs.
In addition to our software, we’ve been hosting a series of webinars with Elekta this summer dedicated to this important topic. Below are the recordings of the first two sessions, where we look at what burnout is and how it can be alleviated.
June 13 Webinar with Dr. Ami Negandhi