Addressing Physician Burnout in Ontario: Leveraging Technology to Support Healthcare Professionals

In Ontario, doctors do not get paid overtime but we at Mesh AI know they work long hours. According to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), 73% of 2,649 physicians surveyed by the OMA in 2021 reported some level of burnout, up from 66% in 2020.

Canadian #healthcare #leaders at the federal and provincial levels are working towards incorporating technology where possible to help.

Here are our recommendations:

  1. Electronic health records (EHRs): Implementing user-friendly and efficient EHRs can help reduce the administrative burden on healthcare professionals, freeing up time to focus on patient care.
  2. Telehealth: Offering telehealth services can provide healthcare professionals with more flexibility in their work schedules, allowing them to manage their workload more effectively.
  3. Virtual collaboration tools: Providing virtual collaboration tools such as video conferencing, messaging apps, and online file-sharing can facilitate communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals, improving team cohesion and reducing burnout.
  4. Digital training and education: Providing online training and educational resources can help healthcare professionals keep up with the latest developments in their field, enhancing their job satisfaction and reducing burnout.
  5. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML): Implementing AI and ML technologies can help healthcare professionals automate routine tasks, reducing the workload and improving efficiency.
  6. Wearables and remote monitoring: Using wearable devices and remote monitoring tools can help healthcare professionals track patient data more easily, enabling them to make more informed decisions and reducing the burden of data collection.

Overall, healthcare leaders should focus on implementing technologies that improve efficiency, reduce administrative burden, and enhance collaboration and communication among healthcare professionals. By doing so, they can help reduce burnout and improve job satisfaction among healthcare professionals.

Healthcare must be multi-modal and technology can help identify ideal modes of care and priorities. At the core of all of the above recommendations, healthcare teams must move away from traditional uni-directional staff scheduling tools and approach towards “collaborative” bidirectional clinician scheduling. Mesh AI is a global leader in this category.

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