The Role of Technology in the Bedside Encounter

Andre Kumar, Gigi Liu, Jeff Chi, John Kugler

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Technology has the potential to both distract and reconnect providers with their patients. The widespread adoption of electronic medical records in recent years pulls physicians away from time at the bedside. However, when used in conjunction with patients, technology has the potential to bring patients and physicians together. The increasing use of point-of-care ultrasound by physicians is changing the bedside encounter by allowing for real-time diagnosis with the treating physician. It is a powerful example of the way technology can be a force for refocusing on the bedside encounter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-451
Number of pages9
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2018


  • Bedside medicine
  • Physical examination
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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