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Research Letter
Mar 12, 2012

Impact of Mobile Tablet Computers on Internal Medicine Resident Efficiency

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Pulmonary/Critical Care (Dr Patel) and Medicine (Drs Chapman, Luo, Woodruff, and Arora), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(5):436-438. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2012.45

Internal medicine residents' increased workload compounded by limited work hours creates work compression and competition between service responsibilities and educational goals.1 Moreover, residents report spending the bulk of their time in indirect patient care, such as updating medical charts, documentation, and ordering tests, at the expense of direct patient care or education.2 Unfortunately, the implementation of electronic health records actually increases time in indirect care and the need for available computer workstations to advance care. These trends, coupled with the growing information needs for patient care,3,4 have led to more time spent locating a computer or working on the computer at the expense of time at the bedside5 or at conference.