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Using Raw Audit Logs to Measure Physician Workload, Cognitive Burden, and Burnout

When: Thursday, May 4, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Baldwin Auditorium, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)  

Group: Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


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**HYBRID EVENT: join us IN-PERSON or ONLINE. Please RSVP regardless and indicate your intended mode. The in-person event will be held in BaldwinAuditorium of the Lurie Medical Research Building at 303 E. Superior; Chicago. Lunch will be provided for in person attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.**

In this talk, Dr. Kannampallil will discuss the use of raw audit logs—trails of clinicians’ click stream activities on an EHR—to measure physician workload, cognitive burden and burnout using a combination of statistical and machine learning approaches. In a series of studies, his team developed data pipelines and open-source tools for translating raw clickstream data into meaningful EHR use metrics that were used for (a) assessing workload, (b) creating objective measures of errors, and (c) assessing the relationship between workload (and cognitive burden) on errors. He will also describe new directions for research using audit logs including novel mathematical and machine learning techniques to characterize tasks, measuring interactive communication (using Epic SecureChat), and comparing audit log-based workload measures and reimbursements.

Thomas Kannampallil, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine

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This seminar is co-sponsored by the Institute of Augmented Intelligence in Medicine (I.AIM) at Northwestern University. 

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