Today, a flat-screen computer sits between the doctor and the patient -- just as a fence divides two neighbors. My students and residents -- like doctors around the country -- are slaves to the computer and electronic medical records. If you've not had the experience of sitting across from your doctor as she or he types your medical history into the computer, then just wait, as it is likely coming. One healthcare expert calls the push for the EMR the search for medicine's holy grail.
Why the push for the EMR? In theory, the EMR will enhance quality of care, improve communication between healthcare providers and reduce medical errors. But, as attractive as these goals are, to date there is no proof that the EMR does any of this.
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