The healthcare system is too focused on technology-based checklists and protocols requiring data entry by physicians, leaving less time for patients and getting in the way of productive doctor-patient relationships.

So argues Douglas Wood, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. Speaking earlier this week at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference in Washington, D.C., Wood asserted that with the advent of electronic health record systems and the ubiquitous presence of computers in examination rooms something tangible has been lost in the practice of medicine.  

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