The Rise Of Desktop Medicine

Mon, 04/04/2011 - 5:57am
Pauline W. Chen, MD

Recently, a colleague lamented a change she had noticed among the young doctors at her hospital. “They are always in front of the hospital computers,” she said. “I never see them with patients, but I can always find them sitting at a terminal.”

She paused for a moment, then added uncomfortably: “These days I probably spend as much time looking at the office computer as I do looking at patients. It’s just not like the old days.”

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