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Ban illegible doctor’s notes?

March 21, 2011

This from the Boston Globe

Doctors and other medical professionals who continue to hand write notes and records would face a fine under legislation sponsored by five state senators. Instead, physicians would have to type all their notes, records and files. The lawmakers argue that the scrawl of some doctors makes it impossible for patients to read their own medical records.

The RI Medical Society opposes the idea, saying that state doctors are making great advancements in the use of electronic medical records but the law would “pose an obstacle to doctors, especially those in smaller practices.”  But according to the article, the law isn’t worth making a big fuss about either way-

The bill is languishing in the legislative equivalent of a doctor’s waiting room: a hearing scheduled on the bill has been postponed indefinitely.

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