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Is Technology Making our Doctors Better or Worse

December 23, 2016

tablet_doctorSanjay Gupta, MD, Everyday Health: The patient-physician relationship has been evolving probably since the days of Hippocrates. How would you characterize where we are right now?

Robert Wachter, MD, author, The Digital Doctor: I think we are at a crucial moment in the doctor-patient relationship because for the first time patients really have access to almost all the information their physicians do.

Dr. Gupta: Dr. Robert Wachter is an expert on patient safety. He was concerned the digital revolution was hurting healthcare by driving a wedge between patient and doctor.

Dr. Wachter: We hear this from patients all the time: I went in to see the doctor. It used to be the doctor would have a conversation with me, but now the doctor appears to be having a conversation mostly with his or her computer.

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