Dear Ms. Prebensen,
I would like to comment on the proposed law forcing physicians to “demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized physician order entry, e-prescribing, electronic health records and other forms of health information technology, as determined by the board.”
These are all skills that would benefit the insurance companies and the government, but will burden the physicians unnecessarily and have no impact on improving patient care. One must ask the questions: “Who is behind this? Who will benefit? and one must always follow the money. Would there be courses to take and who will write the tests? What will they cost?
As physicians are laboring under maintenance of certification, the spector of maintenance of licensure, and other onerous tasks that have nothing to do with proficiency in diagnosing and treating disease, the last thing we need is another meaningless mandate proposed by a State Medical Board.
Vote this proposal down.
Alieta Eck, MD
2012 President, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Candidate for US Congress in NJ CD12