Helping Doctors Keep Human Touch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Medical professionals are grappling with a new challenge at a time when computers, smartphones and iPads are edging their way into the examining room.

Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., has started a program to make sure new doctors still develop that personal touch.

The program uses actors as patients to point out the pitfalls medical professionals face as they increasingly employ sophisticated technology in doctor-patient settings.

This summer, medical students at Stanford University will bring a school-issued iPad along as they begin their bedside training, but they're told to face their patients and put away the gadget when they don't really need it.

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