A good piece on doctoring and technology, and how the newer generation has to learn how to use technology without forgetting the patient. My experience with both the younger and older doctors is that they are good at this, and I never have felt secondary to my patient history screen. Quote:
“I tell them that their first reflex should be to look at the patient, not the computer,” Dr. Heineken said. And he tells the team to return to each patient’s bedside at day’s end. “I say, ‘Don’t go to a computer; go back to the room, sit down and listen to them. And don’t look like you’re in a hurry.’”
One reason for this, Dr. Heineken said, is to adjust treatment recommendations based on the patient’s own priorities. “Any difficult clinical decision is made easier after discussing it with the patient,” he said.