Episode 52: Navigating Burnout, Digital Burdens and Managing Medical Technology

Welcome to the Sustainable Clinical Medicine Podcast, where we explore ways to find balance and sustainability in the world of clinical medicine. In today's episode, we are joined by Dr. Chandi Chandrasena, a family medicine physician from Ontario, Canada, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in navigating the complexities of healthcare technology and physician well-being.

Dr. Chandrasena discusses the challenges faced by physicians in managing administrative tasks, the burden of electronic medical records (EMRs), and the potential impact of artificial intelligence in healthcare. She emphasizes the need for careful evaluation and control over the implementation of technology to prevent burnout and ensure a healthier work-life balance for healthcare professionals.

Here are 4 key takeaways from this episode:

1️⃣    Strategies to Avoid Burnout: Dr. Chandrasena emphasizes the importance of taking control to avoid burnout and find happiness, sharing practical tips for digital wellness and establishing rules around technology use to promote a healthier work-life balance.

2️⃣    Navigating the Transition to EMRs: Dr. Chandrasena shares her journey of transitioning from paper to electronic medical records (EMRs), detailing the challenges, delegation strategies, and the support provided by Ontario MD in managing this shift.

3️⃣    Building a Sustainable Practice: From her early experiences in rural family medicine to her strategic approach in building a family practice, Dr. Chandrasena highlights the need for setting boundaries and protocols for patient care and working hours.

4️⃣     Addressing Technology Challenges: The discussion sheds light on the burden of excessive data and paperwork caused by the integration of technology, as well as the complexities of interoperability among EMR systems.

Dr. Chandi Chandrasena Bio

Dr. Chandrasena has a wealth of digital health knowledge and experience in the Ontario health care system. She is a highly qualified and innovative leader who understands the challenges of community practice and the complexity of the health care system.

As a comprehensive family doctor for over 20 years, and as OntarioMD's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Chandrasena provides the clinical perspective to inform and advise on current and future digital health products and services for Ontario clinicians to add increasing value to patient care.

She is a member of the Ontario Medical Association Burnout Taskforce and has a passion for alleviating digital burden and advocating for the use of technology more efficiently.

She has a special interest in the humanity of medicine and how it is often lost with the use of technology.

Dr. Chandrasena has been featured in a number of podcasts and news articles that discuss/advocate for optimizing technology that both alleviates digital burden and enhances more personalized care. Dr. Chandrasena is a national speaker, emcee and moderator for digital health, technology, and burnout.

🎧 Join us as we delve into this thought-provoking discussion and discover valuable strategies for well-being and work-life balance in clinical medicine.

You can find more on Dr. Wittry here: https://www.ontariomd.ca/ 



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