Recent Newspaper & Online Columns by Kate Scannell MD

Health and safety of patients must not get lost in e-Doctoring

January 8, 2012

Tags: eDoctoring, iPatient, iDoctor, distracted doctors, patient safety, Scannell, Angry Birds, iPad, medical devices

By Dr. Kate Scannell, Syndicated Columnist
First Published in Print: 01/07/2012

Is it OK for an anesthesiologist to play Angry Birds on his iPhone while administering anesthesia during a gallbladder surgery? During your gallbladder surgery?

What do you think about a surgeon voice-dialing her colleagues or chatting with family during the operation?

Although we've inhabited the Digital Age for many years, only recently have we begun to examine how it might affect us personally as patients and doctors, and whether overall patient safety and care have actually improved.

This inquiry is long overdue, and, as recent studies suggest, urgent. (more…)

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