Impact of Health Information Technology

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Embracing the technological advances of the last decade, many health care professionals have incorporated information technology into their daily routines. Doctors can carry patient files around on their tablets or laptops and can quickly update a status when needed. Convenience has without a doubt increased, but does such easy access to technology impact the quality of doctor-patient interactions?

Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine examined and compared clinically experienced primary care physicians’ use of paper medical records and an electronic health record (EHR) (Asan et al., 2014) in order to gain insight into doctor-patient interaction.