Burnout is taking its toll on healthcare. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy notes that half of healthcare workers report symptoms of burnout that range from insomnia to anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. A Bain survey found that 25 percent of clinicians are considering switching careers, with burnout the No. 1 factor in those feelings.
One strategy for combatting burnout is wider adoption of technology, particularly for automating routine and time-consuming tasks such as documentation. Bringing automation to clinicians isn’t without challenges, however. It takes time to identify the right solutions, implement them and teach clinical staff to use them.
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With hospital margins flat or negative for the duration of 2022, organizations are understandably wary of long implementation timelines for unfamiliar software tools. As a result, many are turning to their existing technology partners. Increasingly, they’re finding that Microsoft is well positioned to support strategies to address clinician burnout, facilitating quick wins such as single-sign on and the integration of scheduling software and Microsoft Teams as well as data aggregation, analysis and decision support.
“When you look at the entire Microsoft application stack, and you enable that for healthcare by layering on HL7 or Fast Healthcare…