We created the electronic health record, but if we can’t figure out how to contain it, it may just destroy us.
A recent study at Johns Hopkins University indicated that hospital interns — physicians at perhaps their most formative stage of training — spend only about 12 percent of their time interacting with patients. By contrast, they spend 40 percent of their time — more than 3 times as much — interacting with hospital information systems. The flesh-and-blood patient is getting buried under gigabytes of data.
The Drawbacks of Data Driven Medicine by Dr Richard Gunderman in this month’s Atlantic Monthly.
A must read for docs and patients alike. Comments section rocks too.