Researchers from the University of California-San Diego have published the first findings from their "lab-in-a-box" project, in which a suitcase-sized container of software and sensors measures the way physicians interact with their patients and their electronic health records.

The goal of the project, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is to analyze the physician’s behavior and better understand the dynamics of the interactions of the doctor with the electronic medical records and the patients in front of them. The eventual goal is to provide useful input on how to run the medical practice more efficiently.

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