All Doctors should learn this important skill!
The days of Doctors’ reputation of having a bad handwriting are ending. You will not be writing anymore. Medicare is forcing all medical practices and hospitals to go paperless by 2012. That will be a revolutionary change in the way we practice medicine. There will be no more bulky medical records. You will not have to fight for a chart to write your note. Pages will not go missing from the chart. It will be utopia!
But with great benefits cones even greater demands. We all will have to stop writing. No more of the sloppy handwriting we are used to. In fact handwriting will soon disappear from the face of the earth. By now, I am sure, you know what I am getting to.
Every Doctor should learn typing. Once in practice you will need to see as many patient as possible in a day. Whether you own your practice or if you are an employed physician, you will be forced to see more patients as Medicare institutes more cuts in reimbursement. These cuts will have ripple effects and will reduce reimbursements in private insurance payments too.
Once we instituted EMR (Electronic Medical Record) in our medical practice, it was a wake up call for me. I started using my two index fingers and struggled to finish my chart. It also slowed me down. Then one of my friends Edward taught my how to use all of my fingers on the keyboard. Over next six months I noticed a dramatic change. I was typing as fast as patients were speaking. By the time the patient left the room the chart was already complete. It was a miracle. It was better than dictating or writing on the chart.
So for all those who are entering residency or into practice, hone your skills in typing. It will serve you well and make your more efficient. Two finger typing is not enough. You should be able to type without looking at the keyboard.