Most people agree that Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have significantly changed the way physicians conduct exams. But there is some debate as to whether or not that change helps physicians and patients communicate better. Do EHRs live up to their promise of making patient information more accurate and accessible at the point of care? Or do computers (and tablets) create barriers between patients and physicians? To help improve patient-physician relationships, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently researched the effect of electronic devices on communications in the exam room. ┬áIt reviewed more than a dozen studies on the topic and revealed plans to encourage EHR adoption in a recent report. Physician actions shape patient perception of EHRs Research indicates that EHRs do not negatively affect patient satisfaction. In fact, one study found that exam room computing helped improve communication about medical […]