Residents widely agree that mobile technologies, such as personal digital assistants, would improve productivity and reduce medical errors that can be rife in training programs, according to a survey released by the Medical Records Institute in Boston.
The survey, released Wednesday, was conducted by MercuryMD a healthcare software company in Durham, N.C., MRI reports
The study finds that most respondents "agreed" or "strongly agreed" that mobile technologies would improve patient care (88.0%), reduce medical errors (74.3%) and improve resident productivity (91.5%).
MRI notes that a recent study by the Institute of Medicine estimated that medical errors by sometimes tired and overworked residents cause 5,000 to 15,000 deaths a year.
In fact, residents told the survey that they were working an average of 81.7 hours per week--above the new 80-hour limit that was implemented nationwide on July 1 by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The survey also finds that the residents spend an average of 5.2 hours a day managing data, much more than the average 2.2 hours a day that they spend in "direct patient contact."