Mobile Medicine Breaks the Physician Barrier

After years of resisting computerization, physicians are finally taking up handhelds, but not for the reasons many in medical IT would prefer. Meanwhile, non-doctors automate everything from pill dispensing to patient identification.

Studies of how IT is used in medicine have consistently shown that the people most resistant to information technology are the ones who are most central to making it effective: doctors.

Some doctors fulfill the stereotype of the distracted clinician who is forbidden to use the office equipment by administrative staffers who are tired of having to fix the copier all the time.

Others are comfortable with technology, but dont use it the way the rest of the hospital would prefer.

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