• Newspaper/Magazine Article
  • Published December 2011

As doctors use more devices, potential for distraction grows.

Reporting on widespread use of mobile devices (such as iPads and smartphones) in health care, this newspaper article details how technological distractions may increase the risk of errors. A recent AHRQ WebM&M commentary, written by Harvard CIO John Halamka, discusses a case in which a physician, interrupted by a non–work-related text message on a smartphone, forgets to discontinue a dangerous medication.

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