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President’s Day – The Responsibility of Tomorrow

Posted on February 15, 2016 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Last year I started the tradition of posting some presidential quotes that I found interesting as a way to honor President’s Day in the US. I’ll keep that tradition alive with the quote below:
Lincoln Quote

First Doctor Fired For EHR Incompetence?

Posted on October 24, 2011 I Written By

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC in 2009. He can be contacted at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.

Hot off the news presses is an intriguing story of a Lincoln, Nebraska doc who has been put on administrative leave for apparently not adapting well to a new EHR system.  As one can read into the story Lincoln doctor, Memorial Health Clash Over Electronic Records, there is probably more to the issue than either side is letting on at this point.  However, this story made me think about whether some old dogs will just not be willing or able to learn new tricks.

It boggles (thank you Jennifer!)  the mind that a board-certified medical doctor would not be able to figure out a new way of efficiently charting in order to maintain their workflow, of course after a learning-curve period.  Other doctors in the organization obviously were able to do so effectively, otherwise the doctor in question wouldn’t be the only one in hot water.

I wonder how often this will come up in the brave new world of EMRs and why he wasn’t able to hack it.  In my opinion, if you can type an email to someone, then you should be able to type in a brief patient note.  It’s really not much different.  I wonder what exactly the hospital administrators are expecting from their staff.  Some is clearly amiss somewhere in the details here.

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009.  He can be reached at doctorwestindc@gmail.com.  He blogs at HappyEMRDoctor.com and EHROutlook.com.