Death by clinical documentation 👼
Special Issue! Nabla releases its Copilot to give doctors their time back.
🗞️ We won't consider it breaking news that healthcare systems are stretched thin. But still, for the sake of it, because it's Tuesday and things are bad enough, we'll say it again. Healthcare systems are in bad shape.
Pandemic-induced burnout and staffing shortages have left one in four clinicians wanting to leave the workforce and a projected shortage of 18 million practitioners by 2030. If the data could sing, it would undoubtedly sound like the piercing screech of a knife on a glass bottle.
🌡️ Anyhow, that's not the only concern. Healthcare systems as a whole have caught a fever, but on a smaller scale, things aren't going so well for doctors and patients either.
Individual physicians are exhausted, and we know why. When asked what contributes most to their feelings of burnout, 31% of clinicians cite "paperwork". Specifically, they share their deep-seated hatred of the dreaded and infamous EHR. The most common reason for dissatisfaction with the clinical leviathan is lost productivity - spending more time on documentation (85%) and seeing fewer patients (66%).
Speaking of patients, healthcare isn't a smooth ride for them either. With an ageing population and the explosion of chronic diseases, the need to be heard and cared for with empathy is increasingly critical: today, patients only remember 15% of what is said during a consultation.
🥁 All of this to say that we can't go on like this. Physicians can't continue to spend their days fighting waiting room bottlenecks, clicking endlessly in their EHR to document something that should be documented for them. And patients can't continue to feel disconnected from their physicians.
Where does this bring us?
🧪 In our secret underground laboratory, foreheads perennially lit by their computer's light, injecting caffeine through an IV, our engineers have spent the last three years building what we hope will make a difference. (Jk, they use blue light protection and only drink green tea, we take health v seriously).
🖼️ So picture this. What if, during a consultation, you, as a doctor, could look into your patient's eyes the whole time. The whole 15 minutes, you say??? Yes, as long as you feel comfortable.
What if, after that consultation, all the information had already been captured, structured, and organised directly into the EHR for you.
What if, as a lil added bonus, you got your very own generated note of the consultation, without having to write anything down.
That would mean less time documenting, more time caring. And isn't that why you became a doctor? And what patients want from you?
Anyway, if it wasn't clear, that's what we have been working on at Nabla. And here it is:
🚨 Clinical documentation is the bane of physicians' existence, on which they spend 40% of their time. No one wants to spend 40% of their time on the bane of their existence. This is equivalent to doing the dishes for 9.6 hours per day.
📥 Nabla Copilot is available as a Google Chrome extension and allows practitioners to capture critical patient information during tele-consultations with a single click. We’ve also built a neat little API for telehealth companies.
🔒 Nabla Copilot is for every physician, and anyone who serves physicians. It's also very secure and very private because nobody wants to see their data running wild on the world wide web (great alliteration on our part if we may).
We won't expand on this here. If you wish to bypass any form of social interaction (relatable) and try it out right away, you can do this for free here.
💡 You can also find out more on TechCrunch.
We’ll be back next time with our regular crispy healthcare content 🥪
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