Non-Upgradation To Technology Has Led To An 84-Year-Old Doctor Losing Her Medical License

A newly appointed Judge in Hampshire has rejected the renewal of license of an 84-year old doctor who had intended to regain her license for practice.

This license was surrendered due to she being declared to be unfit and incapable to use the computer.

As per the latest regulations in medicine, with the improvements made, all the doctors in the U.S.A are expected to maintain all the records electronically.

But Konopka, an 84-year-old doctor practiced uniquely in spite of the latest developments in the technology as well as the regulations.

The office of Konopka does not have much of latest technological equipment other than a landline telephone and a fax machine.

Further all the records are preserved in the cabinets safely instead of storing them electronically like most of the doctors today do also to comply with the latest provisions.

Her patient’s records are maintained in file cabinets which is next to her 160-year-old clapboard house in New London.

The records are also completely handwritten with her handwriting.

Al though Konopka is not a doctor who has the latest technology and a very modern set up yet, her style of doctoring has attracted many patients such that she has at least 25 patients on a daily basis.

Another point of beauty and attraction from patients point o view is that she charges $50 in cash to anyone who would see her for treatment.

She has treated patients having no insurance as well.

There were many patients who got benefitted due to the services rendered by Konopka but this was not possible as she was forced to surrender her medical license in September.

Konopka was a medical practitioner for 55 years, wondered if her license was taken away due to not adopting the modern electronic style of treating the patients.

She always believed that the electronic system right now in medicine is having no common sense and they have no idea what kind of medicines and what level of dosages shall be appropriate.

“I prescribe a small amount of OxyContin and they are doing beautifully. They can work, and many of them could not work for many years. They are partially employed or fully employed and have a normal daily life,” she said.

Konopka has asked the judge to reconsider his decision again and is waiting for his response. Until then she would not be able to see the 25 patients on a daily basis like she used to.

Thirty patients of Konopka have written letters requesting the judge to reconsider his decision on the renewal of her license.


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