Doctors focused on entering data into electronic health records during visits are putting physician-patient relationships at risk as well as potentially the safety of patients.

So argues Regenstrief Institute investigator and Indiana University School of Medicine professor Richard Frankel, Ph.D., a medical sociologist who has studied exam room computer use and conducted extensive interviews with physicians. The problem is that some doctors spend more than 80 percent of the visit time interacting with the computer screen instead of their patients, according to Frankel.

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