“Why does an overwhelming cognitive load burden on physicians matter?
For starters and perhaps most obviously, the amount of information physicians must process is a primary contributor to burnout. Factors cited by physicians, according to the latest comprehensive survey by Medscape,
include too many bureaucratic tasks (56 percent), spending too many hours at work (39 percent), increasing computerization of practice (24 percent), and feeling like a cog in a wheel (20 percent). Not only does the information overload adversely affect the physician experience, a massive problem unto itself (physician burnout has even been called a public health crisis by administrators at leading hospitals), but it also affects patient care. Clinicians ignore safety notifications more than half of the time (49-96 percent) according to Shobha Phansalkar, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. ‘When providers are bombarded with warnings, they will predictably miss important things,’ David Bates, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and professor of medicine at Harvard, also told the Washington Post. Another study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine stated that errors related to information handling account for 29 percent of family medicine errors: ‘Without information that is comprehensive, accessible, timely, and correct, primary care physicians cannot deliver high-quality care.’”
The foregoing excerpt from a December 2018 spok.com white paper entitled “Information Overload: Why Physicians are Inundated With Data (And How to Manage It” summarizes the cognitive overload burden that complicates medical practice and healthcare delivery. Arguably, cognitive overload is the root cause of medical mistakes, which currently are the third leading cause of preventable patient deaths in the USA. Implementation of the Cloud Healthcare Appliance Real-Time Solution as a Service (CHARTSaaS)© information technology (IT) reference architecture can mitigate medical mistakes by enabling healthcare provider subject matter experts (SMEs) without IT expertise to create and to operate customized mobile applications a.k.a. “apps” for real-time cognitive support.
Please validate this proposition to your own satisfaction by reading the white paper ; by attending a 36-minute audio-visual presentation that describes the background, purpose and scope of CHARTSaaS©; or by viewing a 12-minute presentation that describes how SMEs can use CHARTSaaS© to create a mobile app to mitigate handoff communication mistakes. Medical mistake mitigation using customized mobile apps created with CHARTSaaS© will minimize patient adverse events, optimize clinical case outcomes, maximize the cost-effectiveness of care and treatment, and accelerate the accrual and application of medical knowledge.
Please contact me, Pete Melrose, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (612) 201-2301 to discuss and decide re how you or your organization can participate in the CHARTSaaS© Development and Operation (DevOps) Project. Patient lives may depend on your decision. Thanks for your consideration and hopefully your support, and good wishes for another great day!