Doctor, what do you think? Doctor? Doctor?
These are words uttered by a number of patients today as doctors use an increasing number of “screens” while simultaneously interacting with their patients.
These screens offer access to mobile devices such as touchpads, smartphones, and laptop computers. During the already restricted time that patients have with doctors, they are now being asked to compete with such devices.
The question for researchers, clinicians, hospital administrators, and most importantly patients is: does this integration of new devices distract doctors or enhance the care they provide to patients?
This article reviews this issue and prospects for future research.