Multitasking makes you stupid - do these 3 things instead

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Multitasking makes you stoopid 

The neuroscience is clear, multitasking does not work. It is not a "skill" you can develop. It is not something you can possibly get good at. Multitasking is an urban myth in my opinion. In a healthcare setting, it can actually threaten patients' lives.


Tags: physician leadership, batch processing

Batch Processing and Patient Flow – Get Home On Time This Week

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

Batch Processing, Patient Flow and the science of how to Get Home On Time

Do you find yourself spending too much time on things that have nothing to do with seeing patients – and then getting home later than you would like?

Do you notice that for every 15 minutes you spend with a patient you spend WAY more than that messing around in the EMR and being distracted by things like prescription refills, test results and a hundred other forms of two bit clerical work in your day?

Does your organization expect you to access your EMR from home to complete chart notes in the evenings after you have tucked your kids into bed? ARRRGGGGHHH !   :-(

I wish I had a chance to shadow you in your office, because there are a number small changes you can make right now that will shave hours off of your “non-clinical activities”.

They don’t teach these things in residency … so let me share the top two tools I have found to get you home on time – with your charts done – more often. If you are not doing these two simple tasks every day in the office you are working WAY too hard and getting home at least an hour later than you have to.


Tags: dike drummond, Physician burnout, the happy md, physician coach, physician leadership, batch processing, patient flow, team huddle

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