A judge decided not to give a doctor her license back because she can’t use the computer. An 84 years old doctor wants to regain her license after having surrendered it. One of the reasons for which she had to separate from it is her not using a computer.
Doctor Unable to Practice Medicine Because of Her not Using Technology
Due to the fact that Dr. Anna Konopka doesn’t know how to use the computer, a judge decided that she is unable to practice anymore. The judge mentioned that this doctor is unable to keep records of her patients and prescribe medicine. Her limited computer use prevents her from using the mandatory electronic drug monitoring program.
This program is used in an effort to reduce opioid overdoses. The US is still suffering from the opiate crisis. So some believe that this might be one reason for the judge’s refusal.
Dr. Anna Konopka asked the judge, once again, to reconsider his decision and to let her practice medicine even though she has limited computer use. On Wednesday, the judge will need to respond to this request. For now, the doctor can’t see the 25 patients that she once used to treat weekly.
Dr. Konopka mentioned that she is still fighting for her right to practice medicine which should not be decided by her computer use. She doesn’t have a computer and she doesn’t know how to use one. Her patient’s records are all written on paper, the old fashion way. The allegations against her started when she treated a 7-year old with asthma.
She was then accused that she had left the dosage of the medication up to the child’s mother and did not treat the kid with inhaled steroids. The doctor mentioned that she never hurt any of her patients.
There were four other complaints against her since the trial started. The board wanted to have a disciplinary hearing for these complaints, but the doctor gave up her license before this could happen. She now says that she was forced to do so.
The doctor has built a loyal group of patients in New London, and most of her patients mentioned that she brings a personal touch and that she cares for them. She is known for helping patients who can’t afford to go to the hospital. Due to the fact that she accepted every patient who can give her $50, she couldn’t afford a secretary, a lawyer or a nurse. More than 30 of her patients have written to the judge hoping that he will let her practice medicine once again.
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