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When doctors look more at computers, they look less at patients

When clinicians spent more time looking at the computer electronic medical record (EMR) during patient visits, they spent had a lower positive affect score, and patients were much less likely to rate their care as excellent. As EMR use is becoming mandated, there seem to be many positives, but this points out a real negative. EMRs are not designed to optimize or even improve the doctor/patient relationship, and doctors will need to develop new skills to keep an eye on the patient as well as the EMR.  See Abstract

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