• Some People Don't Think Like Doctors

    14 days ago - By THCB

    By HANS DUVEFELT
    This may come as a surprise for people with business degrees:
    Doctors don't really care when a test was ordered. We care about our patient's chest X-ray or potassium level the very moment the test was performed. We also don't care (unless we are doing a forensic review of treatment delays) when an outside piece of information was scanned into the chart. We want to know on which day the potassium was low: Before or after we started the potassium replacement, for example.
    In a patient's medical record, we have a fundamental need to know in what order things happened. We...
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