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Comment & Response
January 2, 2019

Leveraging the Right Technology in Health Care—Having a Cow

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2Icahn School of Medicine, New York, New York
  • 3Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • 4Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, East Garden City, New York, New York
JAMA Surg. Published online January 2, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4691

To the Editor The recent study by Dhillon et al1 suggests that using computers on wheels (COWs) during rounds detracts from patient communications. Furthermore, it was stated that removing computers could restore communications. We assert that in an increasingly data-driven health care system, using the right technology and having access to electronic health record (EHR) data during rounds is critical, even life-saving.

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