Techno-Dino (that would be me) is still having issues with that ol’ electronic medical record. It has things in it that make no sense. At least to me.
For example – if the page ends and needs a signature near the bottom, it will almost always put the signature on another page. I print everything out, because I don’t trust this computer record (dinosaur, remember?). So I waste a whole piece of paper saying I electronically signed the record.
I have tried to write letters to consultants on the blasted thing. It is not yet worth it. Maybe I will figure it out within the decade. After all, this is only 2011. I couldn’t change any spacing of paragraphs, lines, etc. I’ve been word processing since 1975 (give or take a couple of years – yes, I really am that old, folks), and can’t figure out how to get this one to behave.
I finally just opened up “Word” and wrote the danged letter over. I have decided to do this from now on. I may even save a copy of my letterhead as a shortcut on the desktop because I know how to do that. I really am somewhat computer literate.
I’m still learning how to make my own “templates” for things like “normal GYN exam” and stuff. I probably do a lot more typing than I really need to do.
Plus, for some reason, now the EMR has spell checker. However, it doesn’t know how to spell any of the medical words – you know medications, procedures, instruments and other stuff I use all the time. This includes medications and directions it puts in itself. So I have to teach it to spell things I didn’t put in – it did????
Remember, this is supposed to make your visit simpler??? I know that the government wants to collect data from these notes. That’s probably all they are good for. I’m not sure they are even good for that.