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So a new study confirmed that “increased use of health IT by healthcare providers results in a decrease in face-to-face interactions with patients.”  How is this news to anybody?  It definitely shouldn’t be to anyone who reads this blog and my Look At The Patient tip.   This is where healthcare is going….if we let it.  We don’t have to.

By the way, I found this line in the report to be hysterical:

However, the report highlighted a five percent increase from 2010 to 2012 in the number of healthcare providers who spent no time with patients face-to-face.

Are you kidding me?

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]