An 84-year-old doctor from New Hampshire was forced to give up her medical license after refusing to use a computer. The Board of Medicine in the state is questioning the doctor’s methods of keeping her records, as well as her ability to diagnose and to offer prescriptions. She agreed to surrender her practicing license, and now the judges have declined her request to regain it.
The elderly doctor was accused of offering a faulty treatment to a child
The state judges think Anna Konopka, the elderly doctor, uses some methods which are a little too outdated. She is unable to use a computer, meaning that she cannot keep up with the modern methods of diagnose and patient care. Also, this is a big problem in the context of opioid prescriptions, since they all need to be registered electronically for the authorities to keep an eye on them. This way, they hope they can reduce the number of opioid overdoses.
The authorities took action against the elderly doctors when she became the target of several accusations that she didn’t treat an asthmatic child properly. The accusations claimed she let the parents decide on the dosage of the medication, and didn’t prescribe daily inhalations. However, she said the child suffered no harm, and blamed the parents for misreading her recommendations.
The woman admitted that she couldn’t use a computer
However, the elderly doctor admitted that she was unable to use a computer. All her patients’ medical records are kept in a physical form, in several file cabinets. Also, when questioned about the database she had to use for the opioid prescriptions, she said she failed to learn how to use it. However, if she were to regain her practicing license, she said she would learn how to operate the electronic means.
In September, she agreed to surrender her license while the medical board assessed her case. However, she asked for permission to continue her activity as a doctor, but wasn’t allowed to do so. Now, the judges have established that she shouldn’t get her license back.
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