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Digital Doctors: The unintended pain of computerized medicine
Sacramento Bee

There’s been a quiet revolution in medicine over the past five years as doctors have shifted away from scribbled notes and moved much of their work to their computer screens.

However, the adoption of electronic medical records, aided by billions of dollars in federal incentives, has had some unintended consequences, from life-threatening errors to less eye contact with patients.

Putting a stethoscope on some of those downsides is Dr. Robert Wachter, a University of California, San Francisco, medical professor, author and hospitalist. In his new book, “The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age” (McGraw-Hill, $30, 320 pages), Wachter offers a doctor’s-eye view of how the computerized world of medicine is changing.