Posted by: notdeaddinosaur | June 18, 2009

It Happened Again!

Almost two years later, I get a phone call eerily similar to an earlier letter:

“Hi, this is Dr. Oddi’s office. We have a mutual patient here who says she had a colonoscopy done by Dr. Oddi several years ago, but we can’t find it in our fancy-shmancy new EMR that we paid an arm and a leg for that isn’t worth shit records. Do you have any record of it in your files?”

I go to the shelf. That’s right: an actual metal shelf full of pasteboard folders containing bits of dead trees known as “paper.” It takes me three seconds to find the right folder, and four more seconds to locate the report of a colonoscopy done less than a decade ago by none other than good old Dr. Oddi himself.

“Yep,” I say, “I’ve got it right here”

“Could you please fax it over?”

Just think: If I were a modern electronophile with a completely paperless office instead of a luddite dinosaur with superbly organized paper records, poor Dr. Oddi would have been shit out of luck.


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