Coming to computerization later in my medical career I think I have a better perspective on it than most. Doctors older than I just ignored it until retirement. Young cubs had to grow up with this stuff and seem to accept all manner of indignities without the ability to complain.
Anyway, I recently had to learn something new. Not a complete medical record system, just the little slice of it that allows patients to be transitioned from the ER to the inpatient area. My trainer was appalled that I had never bothered to learn this system and in fact had forgotten my passwords. In my defense, I have been happily hand writing transition orders that up until now seem to do just fine.
But now we have a Federal Regulation that all transitions from ER to inpatient need to use a certain software. I guess it applies everywhere in our galaxy, or so I have been advised.
Here are a few gems from the “Physician Training Checklist”
“Searching – wildcard dash”
“…if using half words always add a dash”
“Transaction lines = Select (bank of answers) Enter (free-text) Choose (buttons).
All pretty mundane. But this bit of bureaucratic nonsense made it into my personal Hall of Infamy with a special gem:
“Duplicate balls – already ordered but can continue”