Sunday, 3 December 2017

A Doctor Who Refused to Use a Computer Loses Her License to Practice Medicine

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Doctor struck off for not switching to computer filing.

A doctor has had her license revoked for refusing to switching to computerized filing, preferring to stick to older methods.

4-year old Polish doctor Anna Konopka now practicing in New London, New Hampshire lost her license after she refused to switch to what she called ‘electronic medicine’.
She handwrites all of her patient records and keeps them in filing cabinets, if you are old enough you might remember doctors using these methods not too long ago, before the majority of doctors switched to computerized filing systems.
Konopka was asked about the reasoning behind her refusing the switch.
She said:
“Because electronic medicine is for the system, not for the patients. The system is destroying human relations between the doctor and the patient. They practice electronic medicine, I practice medical art. I treat the patient. And I’m not going to compromise the patient’s health or life for the system.”
The New Hampshire Board of Medicine was alerted to her archaic methods after receiving numerous complaints, the first of which was in October 2014 after she was accused of “improper prescribing practices” in relation to a child patient.

This case highlights the move away from people putting their trust in people, instead preferring to put their trust in robots and machines.
Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John Kissinger was responsible for upholding Konopka’s ban, after she said that she was coerced into giving up her license voluntarily and says that she didn’t want to.
Kissinger said:
“Her motivation to seek an injunction allowing her to continue to practice comes from a sincere desire to continue to help her patients,”
“Under these circumstances of this case, however, Dr. Konopka has failed to demonstrate that the extraordinary remedy of an injunction allowing her to continue to practice medicine is appropriate. To hold otherwise would be to ignore the process established by the Legislature to regulate the practice of medicine in this state.”


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