Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 2

By Brittany | March 09, 2012 | Category: Practice management in ObGyn
Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 2
By Mary Jane Minkin, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Menopause Physician, PC, New Haven, CT.

I have never minded spending any amount of time when a patient needed me or to do anything that bettered patient care. I am sure that none of you have ever minded being awakened at night by a patient who was ill and needed attention: hey, we’re ObGyns. I would not object to spending any amount of time on the conversion to an electronic medical records (EMR) system if I thought it would really benefit patient care. But I am convinced that it does not.

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Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 1

By Brittany | March 01, 2012 | Category: Practice management in ObGyn
Patients Need Physicians, Not Technocrats: Part 1
By Mary Jane Minkin, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Menopause Physician, PC, New Haven, CT.

I knew that I would have problems with our new electronic medical record (EMR) system on the first day of training. The initial training was conducted by a programmatic, not medically trained “yuppette” from the IT Department, who extolled to a 60-year-old Mac user the wonders of the EMR system: you should right click here, single click there (oops, don’t double click!), and then enter some esoteric bit of medical history.

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