As we have read in previous blog post, many physicians are dealing with information overload, however technology can help. There is rapid growth and sharing of medical information has the possibility to improve patient care. However, it can also lead to physician burnout. To put into perspective; medical knowledge doubles every 3.5 years and is projected to double in just 73 days in 2021. General practitioners would need to read 20.7 hours per day to keep up with primary care literature. What a doctor learns during the first three years of medical school will amount to only 6% of what is known a decade later. Medical errors occur most often when doctors do not have quick access to evidence-based information.
Therefore, it may appear counterintuitive that greater access to information increases the risk of medical error, but with more than 800,000 medical papers published each year, there is no efficient way for any physician to process that, which means clinicians may not be current with all the latest drug and treatment recommendations. This article explains the relationship between medical error, information overload and physician burnout, first generation software, mobile applications to process data and provide information, diagnosis, calculators, clinical reference tools, landmark research summaries, drug reference and the verdict.
Written by: Jay Ripton