How Tech Can Turn Doctors into Clerical Workers

The following article, published in The New York Times Magazine, examines the threat that electronic health records and machine learning pose to physicians’ clinical judgment–and their well-being. Although the EHR has reduced medication errors, made notes legible, and combined laboratory and imaging information, it was never built with any understanding of the rituals of care or the user experience of physicians or nurses. True clinical judgment is about using human skills to understand the patient’s trajectory in life and in disease, as well as the nature of the patient’s family and social circumstances.

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