Friday, April 23, 2010

Doctors face a challenge with electronic medical records

The New York Times recently published an article looking at a challenge many individuals never think of when it comes to electronic medical records. While they may provide an edge when it comes to collecting superior data, many doctors are finding it challenging use electronic medical records while in the exam room with the patient.

As the doctor in the article descried:
The new computer was perched atop a desk in one corner of the room; the patient sat on the exam table on the other side of the room. In order to use the computer, I had to turn my back to the patient as I spoke to him.

The author of the article goes on to say that a compensation can be found in collecting great data with EMR and collecting the little details that come from the patient-doctor relationship. A fine balance must be found, though.

What do you think? Can many doctors overcome the challenge that having a computer in the exam room?

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