Study: EMRs boost patient communication but distract physicians

04/9/2010 | Healthcare IT News

While electronic medical records enable doctors to communicate with patients in real-time, they also can pose a distraction and diminish visits, according to a study sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund. The findings "suggest that continued refinement of EMRs' design by vendors and their use by clinicians could help reduce the potential for distraction during patient visits," one of the study authors said.

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