Please Choose One: A Short Story

Please choose one: The three words blink in front of me on the computer screen. Please choose one: Patient is- ☐Male     ☐Female  I click FEMALE. I watch as the auto-template feature fills in the p…

Source: philipallengreen.com

The pains of caring for patients, the struggles of truly CARING, have now often been replaced by the bleeping and buzzing of a computer screen asking clinicians to place their patient into a “box”. The problem is, each patient is different, each requiring different care, each requiring a connection with another human that they can trust to help them during this crisis of their lives. Has the human touch been replaced by technology? What action or reaction will cause this to change? While the patient feels the pain and loneliness of simply being a patient, the clinician mimics these feelings inside. Where do we go from here?

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