Life Hacks for Doctors:
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What are Life Hacks?
Productivity strategies that
solve everyday problems —
especially problems caused by
Adapted from Wikipedia
Life Hacks Are Often
Have you ever heard a
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Where should a task be
First, perform tasks that are particular to a
See hospitalized patients in the hospital.
File charts in the office.
If tasks are “mobile,” consider performing
Make calls while commuting.
Take paperwork home to review.
Most doctors’ desks are
(You went to medical
school for this?)
All new labs and mail go in the inbox.
Pick up the top item and deal with it.
Sign and file labs, recycle junk mail,
write down a “to do,” etc.
Never put any item back in the inbox.
Empty your inbox regularly.
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An Open Secret:
Most doctors never learn
how to document
Many doctors live with
constant anxiety that they
are over-coding or
New Patient or Consult Notes
Follow Up Notes
Include all the items you need to bill at
the highest level when appropriate.
See wiki.efficientmd.com for more
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Group Your Tasks
An Example of
Six patients on a hospital floor.
15 seconds to walk to each room.
5 seconds to walk from room to room.
Strategy 1: Examine patient, write note,
(15 + 15) * 6 = 180 seconds.
Strategy 2: Group Tasks. Examine all
patients, then write all notes.
(15 * 2) + (5 * 5) = 55 seconds.
Strategy 2 (grouping tasks) saves 8.7
hours a year ($434).