Medical Economics: How can Health IT Reduce Physician Burnout?

Arcadia chief medical officer Rich Parker, MD joins other HIT executives in sharing ideas about how technology can combat physician burnout.

In a recent survey of more than 1,200 physicians, Medical Economics found that 68% of physicians interviewed felt burned out right now, and that 92% of physicians interviewed had felt burned out from practicing medicine at any point during their careers.

The team at Medical Economics followed up by asking health IT leaders how technology might help address the issue of physician burnout.  One of the contributors was physician-leader Rich Parker, MD, chief medical officer at Arcadia.

“Physician burnout is real and doctors are heading for the exits. The only way to combat this phenomenon is to make the practice of medicine more of a team sport and take work off the doctor’s plate.  Information technology emerges as a bright spot to assist the team in creating a safety net for patients, improving the quality of care and setting the course for decreasing inappropriate medical utilization.”  – Rich Parker, MD

To read all 14 ways that Health IT can decrease physician burnout, please visit Medical Economics.  

Rich Parker, MD

Dr. Richard Parker

Dr. Parker serves as chief medical officer for Arcadia with overall responsibility for the design and implementation of clinical strategies, input into the roadmap and development of Arcadia’s technology and service programs, thought leadership in support of providers transitioning to value-based care, and strategic advisory work for physician leaders at Arcadia’s clients.

Previously, Dr. Parker was an internist with a 30-year history at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From 2001 until 2015, Dr. Parker served as the medical director and chief medical officer for the 2,200 doctor Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization. He oversaw the physician network evolve from a fee-for-service payment system to a nationally recognized global payment pioneer Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Parker’s other areas of expertise include end of life care, medical malpractice, care of the mentally ill, electronic medical records, and population health management. Dr. Parker served as assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parker graduated from Harvard College in 1978, and the Dartmouth-Brown Program in Medicine in 1985.

Dr. Parker is an in-demand speaker to associations, companies, and academic institutions on the topics of population health management, electronic health records, value-based care, and evolutionary, medical and business impacts of stress.