Are EMRs affecting the doctor-patient relationship?

It seems so. Many EMRs are template-driven, so you have to work within its confines – rather than the other way around. I also was amused at how the doctor immediately announced how much time she had for the visit:

I was surprised, however, to see this new doctor enter the examining room with a computer on a cart. She didn’t greet me or shake my hand. Instead she told me she had 45 minutes for my exam and began asking me questions off the computer screen. When I would begin to answer them, she would cut me off and ask me to only follow the questions on the computer. There was no eye contact from the doctor. I felt as if I was talking to the computer and not a person.

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