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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

84-yr-old Doctor loses her license over lack of Computer knowledge

An 84-year-old doctor has been denied her request to regain her medical license because she can't use a computer.  Dr Anna Konopka keeps her 300 patients' handwritten medical records in filing cabinets in a 160-year-old New Hampshire office where she has practiced for the last 30 years.

But the state challenged her record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decisions citing her limited computer skills prevent her from using the state's new mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. 
The program established in 2016, requires physicians who prescribe opiates to register in an effort to combat the current crisis.

Konopka said she was pressured to surrender her license last month but hoped to regain it as 30 of her patients wrote to Superior Court Judge John Kissinger asking him to reconsider his ruling against their doctor.

Allegations against Konopka began three years ago with a complaint by other local physicians about her treatment of a seven-year-old patient with asthma.

She has been accused of leaving dosing levels of one medication up to the parents and failing to treat the patient with daily inhaled steroids. 

Konopka, who agreed to a board reprimand in May, said she never harmed the patient and the boy's mother disregarded her instructions. 

Daily Mail

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