In 2015, UCSF School of Nursing Professor Audrey Lyndon described what a burned-out clinician looks like. “Imagine an emotionally exhausted clinician,” she writes, “overwhelmed by work to the point of feeling fatigued. Unable to face the demands of the job, and unable to engage with others. Fatigue, exhaustion, and detachment coalesce. The clinician no longer feels effective at work because they have lost a sense of their ability to contribute meaningfully. “
Welcome to STEPS to Value, the HIMSS podcast that looks at people and processes, information and technology as they work together to transform the delivery of healthcare. In today’s episode, we discuss the growing problem of clinician burnout with Ann O’Brien, clinical informatics pioneer and recent recipient of HIMSS’ Most Influential Women in Health IT award. Ann discusses the impact healthcare consumerism has on clinician burnout, the promise and the present of Big Data in healthcare, and what it was like to first encounter and interact with an EHR system back when Vanilla Ice, Michael Bolton, and Paula Abdul ruled the airways.
Ann O'Brien, RN, MSN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Nursing Informatics and Clinical Transformation Leader
Recipient of 2018 HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award
Most Influential Women in HIT Award
The HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health Information and Technology Awards recognize influential women at all stages of their career progressions. These awards celebrate individuals who harness the power of information and technology to transform health and healthcare; are unique among power lists and award programs; and are inclusive of all women of influence, no matter where they may be in the health information and technology field. Learn more about HIMSS' Most Influential Women in HIT Award here.