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Doctor who refuses to use
computers loses medical license

Associated Press, by Michael Casey

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Posted By:JoniTx, 11/10/2017 12:07:59 PM

NEW LONDON, N.H.-Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients´ medical conditions and various prescriptions works fine. But the New Hampshire Board of Medicine disagrees. It is challenging the 84-year-old New London physician´s record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making. Part of their concern is her remedial computer skills, which prevent her from accessing and using the state´s mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. The program, which the state signed onto in 2014, requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses. Konopka surrendered


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bhkat, 11/10/2017 12:18:17 PM     (No. 11447792)

The problem isn´t actually using the computers. The problem is that Medicare has mandated that we have to use computers to enter orders(thereby reducing physicians to become secretaries). Orders that used to take me less than one minute to write out now take 15 minutes minimum. We don´t get any extra money for doing this by-the-way.
Not only that, we have to enter a bunch of useless "quality" measures for each patient otherwise we get a payment reduction.

In this doctor´s case, it is her patients who will lose.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 11/10/2017 12:18:58 PM     (No. 11447797)

More state interference in medical care. They don´t claim she´s incompetent or dangerous as a doctor. Just that she doesn´t want to computerize.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: abuela10, 11/10/2017 12:22:49 PM     (No. 11447805)

her records won´t get hacked

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Reply 4 - Posted by: strike3, 11/10/2017 12:41:13 PM     (No. 11447817)

Doctors should take Ayn Rand´s suggestion and all go John Galt. Then let´s see how useful all of the extra data in the computers is.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dvc, 11/10/2017 12:50:26 PM     (No. 11447826)


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 11/10/2017 12:51:29 PM     (No. 11447828)

#3, more importantly, the government does not have access to every detail of her patient´s medical record. That is important, how can the government control people if they do not know everything about them?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/10/2017 12:55:48 PM     (No. 11447837)

How many of our "lawmakers" don´t know how to use a computer? Should they be "making rules" if they don´t "play the game?"

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hawgguy, 11/10/2017 1:16:27 PM     (No. 11447851)

Many doctors are going off the grid. Google direct patient care. I predict that, if it continues to grow in popularity, it will be made illegal.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: log cabin preacher, 11/10/2017 1:39:35 PM     (No. 11447870)

Part of the issue, though, is patients who doctor-hop in order to get access pain killers. A computerized database let´s a doctor know how much has been prescribed. If she keeps her records to herself, then she can be contributing to the problem because no doctor will ever know if she gave their patients prescription pain killers.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Skywise, 11/10/2017 3:32:43 PM     (No. 11447960)

That’s an issue directly because of ignorant- assembly line doctors. Any doctor worth their salt would see the patient suffering from opioid addiction as soon as they came in. And NO doctor should be prescribing opioids for long term anyway because it points to a larger problem that they’re just trying to medicate away or get the regular $100 insurance copay for a 5 minute visit.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/10/2017 3:35:25 PM     (No. 11447965)

This sucks bigly.

I can see them saying "well you can´t have Medicare and Medicaid and 0bamacare business"..

But to pull her license to practice. Kinda sounds big-brother-ish´

#4 beat me to it, but I wrote this before I read that comment: This Doctor sounds like she might be a good candidate for Galt´s Gulch.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: snakeoil, 11/10/2017 4:18:56 PM     (No. 11448027)

Doctor I used for 15 years decided to retire rather than digitize. He knew how to do it. But it was just too much work. My new doc when she takes my BP or temp immediately enters it into a wireless laptop. Surprised she doesn´t use her cell phone.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: K620, 11/10/2017 5:52:20 PM     (No. 11448106)

#9, the pharmacies know, the doctor doesn´t have to. In my line of work, I have to read treating medical records, and it´s of late it´s clear that the doctors´ reports are the result of just ticking off boxes on an iPad. (Yesterday I was reading the reports of a doctor who was treating someone for an infection and on four consecutive visits, all within a week, the doctor´s report said "counseled the patient on the importance of wearing a seatbelt." Sheesh.) Have you all noticed how your doctor hardly looks at you at all any more (´cause he or she is staring at his or her computer)? Not good medicine.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 11/10/2017 11:09:31 PM     (No. 11448348)

Advantage of electronic medical records? Admin types and lawyers can monitor all physician activities. NO PROVEN MEDICAL BENEFIT to patients.

Advantage of physical medical records? Hard to steal.EMP won´t wipe these records out.

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