Physicians Are Not Interested in Using Electronic Aids for Medical Conversation: Study
As per an international survey of physicians done by Commonwealth Fund, physicians prefer talking to their patients face-to-face rather than using any electronic aid of e-mail or internet as they fear that they won't get paid in case of electronic aids.
Among the high-income countries, Canada ranked last in choosing for the electronic access to communicate with their patients.
The results of the survey suggest that among physicians in Canada, 6% agreed for getting an appointment electronically, 11% for refill prescriptions online and 11% agreed to answer the medicals questions via e-mail. Whereas,
40% physicians in Britain agreed for getting an appointment electronically, 56% for refill prescriptions online and 35% agreed to answer the medicals questions via e-mail.
Physician Dr. Tara Kiran, who is also a researcher at St. Michael's Hospital Toronto, said that it is time for the Canadian doctors to enter the era of advancement as it can revolutionize the way of living and working as compared to the last decade. She is concerned because she thinks that various family physicians are still living the dark age of electronics.
CEO of the Canadian Medical Protective Association Dr. John Gray feels not as supportive for the idea citing its pitfalls by saying that it is a very open medium which hamper the privacy and confidentiality of patients.
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