Along with many of my colleagues, our practice moved to electronic medical records in 2011. This allowed us to take advantage of the stimulus package offered by the government to those of us willing to be early adaptors.
We did not realize how disruptive this technology would be, and although the stimulus covered the raw cost of the conversion, it did not cover the reduced patient volume and the wear and tear on the staff and doctors alike. The extra time required with each patient to complete the chart and the amount of time that doctors sits in front of the patient with their nose on the screen while stumbling though the typing of volumes of free text is difficult to measure. Full Story »