Implementing the electronic medical record in the exam room: the effect on physician-patient communication and patient satisfaction

Perm J. 2007 Spring;11(2):21-4. doi: 10.7812/TPP/06-118.


With the implementation of the electronic medical record-called HealthConnect-in all exam rooms throughout the Kaiser Permanente health care delivery system, how computers in the exam room affects physician-patient communication is a new concern. Patient satisfaction scores were obtained for all primary and specialty care physicians in a large medical center in Southern California to determine how scores changed as physicians started using HealthConnect in the exam room. Results show no significant changes in patient satisfaction for these physicians. Although concerns were not realized that patient satisfaction might decrease after HealthConnect was introduced, there was also no evidence that introducing an electronic medical record in outpatient clinics increased patient satisfaction.