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Somehow most of us still yearn for the good old days when medicine was simpler.  My first two children were born and all I did was present my Blue Cross Blue Shield card.  Everything was taken care of by the insurance company.  Times change, medicine is much better but the digital medical records to alleviate the doctors of paperwork are causing trouble for at least some.  I didn’t realize that the federal government is spending $22 billion dollars to transition doctors from paper.  There was a study last year by the Rand Corporation that many doctors are very discouraged by digital record systems.  According to the doctors complaining, the computer programs are difficult to use and it interferes with face to face time with patients.  One doctor, writing in USA Today said, “…it takes me more than 50 mouse clicks, all while scrolling through dozens of screens, to document a straight forward office visit for a sinus infection.  Refilling a single prescription electronically, which I do over a hundred times a day, takes more than ten clicks.”  The doctor has a point in this computerized society.  More time in front of a computer makes for less time with patients.  One study by John Hopkins University showed that medical interns spent 12% of them time talking to patients, about eight minutes per patient and 40% of the time filling out electronic paperwork on the patients.  I am old enough to remember that as a kid the doctor visited my house with his black bag.  Times sure have changed.  Also, this whole digital medical record situation scares me about the lack privacy.  Am I wrong?  What do you think?Digital Medical Issues

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