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Are electronic health records hindering patient care?

from The Hospitalist

SHM board member Eric Siegal, MD, SFHM, wasn't surprised by the findings in a new report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that found medical interns spent just 12 percent of their time in direct patient care and a whopping 40 percent of their time using computers. "There certainly are advantages to electronic health records, but one of the clear consequences is that it's impossible to function in the hospital without spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen. EHRs have turned physicians into secretaries," said Dr. Siegal, medical director of critical-care medicine at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee. "Work that we used to hand off to a unit clerk or to somebody else to do has now dropped into our laps." more

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