The physician burnout crisis in the United States is attributable to one key issue, according to William C. Waters, IV, MD, founder of Waters Healthcare Consulting LLC: the devaluation of physicians personally and professionally.
“If the CEO or a highly placed executive in your health system had to do all of their own secretarial work, and everything that they said and did had to be put into a context … and they had to do it all themselves — how would that go over?” Waters asks regarding time spent by providers in EHRs and documentation. “That doesn’t go well with physicians either. … It’s not that they think they’re too good for it. It’s not a good use of their time.”