Thursday, September 17, 2009

Technology Has Arrived

I'm thinking that this post is going to bring home exactly where I've been living for the past almost 6 years of my life (the middle of nowhere, where everything works "the old way")... but then again, maybe not, maybe what I'm about to tell is not a standard out there. So either way here it goes:

I went to see the local doctor this afternoon because I've been having a sharp pain on my wrist for almost 3 weeks. I go in to the little exam room and the nurse comes in to take my temperature, blood pressure, etc. She has a mini laptop where she enters in all the information as she gets it from me.

Then the doctor comes in also with a mini laptop and she also enters stuff into it. Finally I realize what's going on... they have electronic patient charts!! WOW. So by then I am in awe, so I have to comment on it. I tell the doctor how it's so neat that they keep everything in the computers. She looks at me and shrugs her shoulders (in a polite manner, she wasn't rude) and said something along the lines of: can't imagine it any other way.

Hmmm... not sure about civilization out there but that type of technology is just not a normal thing in Eatonton, Georgia.

So finally I go to leave and they give me a prescription:


Yup - they printed it from their electronic chart, with an electronic signature and everything.

P.S. - the doctor says I have tendinitis...

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