Ridiculous Study of the Month: Technology Harming Physician-Patient Relationship


Let’s put another check in the win column for the idiot researcher teams out there.  In this summary article, about a recent study, it is pointed out that “doctors who rely heavily on computers while in the exam room may run the risk of harming their relationships with their patients”. I know you are thinking it so go ahead and say it, “No shit, Sherlock”.  Here are some more pearls from the piece:

  • Patients are less likely to rate their care as excellent when clinicians spend a lot of time on the computer when they are seeing a patient
  • The study authors think patients might feel slighted if their doctor spends more time focused on a computer screen than looking over their ailments or listening to their concerns.
  • Doctors frequently spend much of an office visit at the keyboard, inputting information into a health record rather than giving the patient a once-over, said Filer, who is a family physician in York, Penn.
  • Doctors who spend a lot of time looking at the computer may not be as focused on their patient and can miss crucial information provided during the encounter
  • Finally, Filer believes that more pressure needs to be placed on federal officials and computer software vendors, to make electronic health records more of a help than a hindrance in the exam room.

This is just another example of the same idiots who caused the problem, when they demanded quality indicators and more expansive EMRs, now pretending to be shocked that they screwed the whole thing up in the first place. I also blame us physicians for being wussies and not pushing back.  I could go on forever but instead I will go back to seeing my 8 patients for the day and spending 30-60 minutes actually looking and listening to them.

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] 

  2 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Month: Technology Harming Physician-Patient Relationship

  1. Perry
    December 9, 2015 at 9:40 am

    It’s nice they did this study to prove what many have been saying for a long time.
    Now, what are they gonna do about it?

    Let’s guess: NOTHING?

  2. RSW
    December 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    AAFP President and full-time moron Wanda Filer:

    “We’ve taken this technology and we’ve embraced it, but I think a lot of us don’t believe it’s ready for prime-time,” she said. “We’ve got this interloper in the exam room, but it’s not there to help with the medical side as much as it’s there to check boxes for insurers.”

    Uh, duh. And where were you and your fellow AAFP ass-hats 15 years ago when we were telling you this? Giving tongue baths to Judy Faulkner and every bureaucrat at CMS, drooling over the wonder of EMRs based on 70s technology.

    Sure fire cure for insomnia: make a list, in order of incompetence, of the 10 dumbest presidents in the history of the AAFP. Beats counting sheep every time.

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