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The Clinic is Going Paperless

Posted on: September 28, 2005

The clinic is going paperless soon. We can no longer simply make copies of blank progress notes and stuff them in the charts. Nay, the doctors must place their patient remarks on serialized progress notes that we must then have scanned into the mainframe.

The reason for doing this is to get rid of Iron Mountain, a document placement service that medical clinics hire to organize their charts and other paperwork. With the implementation of scanning the progress notes, however, the digital documents will automatically be sorted in their proper place.

Needless to say, most patients make appointments and we plan for them accordingly. That’s easy enough. But what happens when a patient walks in without an appointment? We can’t turn them away, of course, so we must move hell and high water to print out new progress notes.

Of course, this isn’t much of a problem for the doctors that dictate their notes over the phone. Still, half the doctors prefer writing their remarks, instead of blindly transmitting it over the phone.

Tomorrow we start. When I become a doctor, I think I’m going to prefer dictating. We’ll see.

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