January 9th, 2009

Nescafe rabbit

I read it on the Internets.

Tech-savvy med students fear life without EMRs

The gist of the article is that we are becoming technology-dependent physicians; it's accompanied by a slew of other articles about the usefulness of smartphones, the permanence of the pager, and the new trend toward texting your doctor. And as I look at my electronic medical record (which I hate), and my smartphone with Derm Meister, and ePocrates, and my OB Wheel, and I'm considering re-subscribing to UpToDate so I can install it there too...

I have to agree with them.

I'm going to be spending the month of June in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.  As a fourth-year medical student I went to Nicaragua.  I remember, then, the paper charts and the little slips of notes that served for records.  And I think I understand what they mean - that we are so wound up in our technology for every little extra thought that it's a frightening concept. 
But after it all, medicine is still an art.