This article was originally published in Medical Economics.
Health care today is not set up to allow physicians to spend nearly enough time with their patients.
In fact, a popular study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that in order to provide adequate care for the standard panel size of about 2,500 patients, primary care physicians would need to work more than 21 hours a day.
It’s clear that physicians don’t have the tools they need to manage their patient loads effectively. And because of that, patient care is suffering and providers and their staff are experiencing burnout at high rates — as high as 62.8%, according to a 2021 study from the American Medical Association.