Digital Messages from Patients Spiked During Pandemic

The Verge: Digital messages from patients to doctors spiked during the pandemic (Link from Bryan Vartabedian 33mail)

An excerpt:

Doctors say they’re overwhelmed by the volume of digital messages they receive from patients during the pandemic, and new data backs up their experience. The number of messages increased by over 150 percent at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the levels stayed high over the course of 2020, according to an early look at data from the electronic health record company Epic.

My take: I generally prefer receiving patient information (outside the office) from my nurse rather than directly from patients. Patient messages can contribute to the feeling that you are never done with work. I do like the idea that these portals allow families to let us know if patients have trouble reaching our office.

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