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Are computers getting between patients and doctors?

The Atlantic, June 7, 2012
What remains to be addressed is how the total adoption of EHRs in medical practice will impact patients. As a practicing primary care doctor, I feel I am slowly being pulled into the apostate camp. Our apostasy is not about EHRs; that game is all but over. Rather, there's a pervasive sense that our use of technology has become a wedge between doctors and just about everyone else: Nurses. Other doctors. Worst of all, our patients. Further, doctors and nurses are now tethered to computer appliances. However, the technology inhibits doctors and nurses from actually talking to one another.