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Doctors, patients, and computer screens

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Dr. David Blumenthal believes that “given its huge public health, research, safety and quality advantages, the digitization of health information is inevitable,” and he predicts that voice recognition and systems that enable patients and medical assistants to enter more data will transfer much of physicians’ digital burden.

 

Blumenthal also implied something that had occurred to me but that I’d preferred not to think about: part of my problem with computers is my age. Though I’m no Luddite, my younger colleagues are less troubled by screens than I am.

 

“For physicians of a certain generation,” Blumenthal told me tactfully, the current status of computers in medicine is “a painful interlude in an important historic process.”

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