Physicians share outrage over EMRs

A lot of experienced physicians dislike electronic medical records (EMRs), and some have even left their practice out of frustration.

The Union Democrat, a newspaper covering Sonora, Calif., profiled numerous doctors who left their work behind because of EMRs. Some moved to new positions, and others just retired from medicine altogether.

Lynn Austin, MD, told the Union Democrat he quit on his 65th birthday because of EMRs. He would have preferred to work another five or 10 years, he said, but he couldn’t tolerate the newer technology.

“The net result was patients didn’t like it, and I didn’t like it,” Austin said. “It was a piece of junk.”

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