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September 26, 2012

Use of Information Technology in the Examination Room

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (gesper@emory.edu).

JAMA. 2012;308(12):1208-1209. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11184

To the Editor: Dr Toll's A Piece of My Mind1 on the cost of technology included a picture drawn by a pediatric patient of a smiling family in a brightly colored examination room participating in an office visit with a physician whose back was to the patient, typing on a computer. This picture was used to decry the implementation of health information technology and specifically electronic medical record (EMR) use in a real-time fashion in the examination room. I wonder if the article would have been written if the resident had simply turned the computer around.

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