The Dangers of Distracted Doctors
In December 2011, the New York Times reported on the potential problem that smartphones, tablets, computers and other electronic devices may pose for doctors and patients. The article, which has gained national attention, acknowledges the potential benefits of getting information quickly, but also brings to light the potential problem of doctors who are more focused on the screens than the patients in front of them. Whether a doctor gets caught up in medical research or is doing something egregious, such as shopping or checking Facebook, patients may pay the price and suffer from serious medical mistakes.
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*Source: As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows by Matt Richtel, New York Times, December 14, 2011.