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The paper chart holdouts

Robert Lending, MD, describes himself as a “computer dinosaur.” The Tucson, Ariz., internist and clinical lipidologist gets cash from bank tellers rather than ATMs. He doesn’t make online purchases or use social media. And he doesn’t use electronic health records.   Lending, 65, calls EHRs “the most dangerous, ridiculous piece of equipment I could ever have conceived of,” adding that his colleagues envy him for the peace of mind and extra time he enjoys from using paper charts. “You can’t believe how angry they are at computers, at the whole system,” he ...

84-year-old doctor who refuses to use computer loses medical license

Aside from a fax machine and landline telephone, there isn’t much technology in the office of physician Anna Konopka, 84... Konopka said she felt forced to surrender her medical license in September after New Hampshire Board of Medicine officials challenged her record-keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision-making, according to court documents. She is specifically accused of leaving the dosage levels of a medication up to a young girl’s parent and failing to treat the girl with daily inhaled steroids. Read More...

2017 EHR Report Card

Electronic health records (EHRs) now are a part of most medical practices, yet doctors remain unhappy with them. In the Medical Economics 2017 EHR report—our fifth—we let them explain why in their own words. In our exclusive survey, we queried more than 3,200 physicians to learn more about their frustrations and the changes they would like EHR vendors to make in their products. Then we asked vendors to respond. Some of their answers may surprise you. Read More...