Three spine surgeons discuss how they make sure their relationships with patients do not suffer due to the increase in health IT use.
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Question: How can spine surgeons ensure health IT tools do not get in the way of the physician-patient relationship?
Issada Thongtrangan, MD. Orthopedic Spine and Neurosurgeon at Minimally Invasive Spine (Phoenix): The adoption of EMRs has led to many improvements in healthcare by providing physicians access to the comprehensive medical histories of their patients. Recent evidence found that doctors who use EHRs spend nearly one-third of their time looking at the screen. This lack of focus might impede communication with the patient and interfere with patient engagement.