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What Does Technology, Mean For Doctor-Patient Relationships

Confronted with a range of new options, doctors are considering technology's place in their examination rooms.

KQED: Technology Enables Collaborative Doctor-Patient Relationships
Not very long ago, a patient’s medical chart was considered proprietary information belonging to a doctor or a hospital. But just as technology is remaking the rest of the world, it’s also contributing to remaking the relationship between your doctor and you. More patients have access to their data now that more doctors are moving to electronic medical records. Emerging technologies are also driving change (Harris, 4/19).

Medscape: iPad, Notebook, Laptop, Netbook: What's Best for Doctors?
More than 30 percent of U.S. doctors now own an iPad -- not just any touch-screen tablet, but the iconic Apple product specifically -- and some have speculated that the rate could be approaching 50 percent. ... And the iPad is not a perfect device for health care by any stretch of the imagination. A February report from Spyglass Consulting Group, [of] Menlo Park, California, indicated that 80 percent of US physicians think the iPad has a "promising future in health care," but most do not believe that it is "ready to transform patient care delivery today" (Versel, 4/19).

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