The burden of paper.
Despite the advances in tablet computing, I still very much prefer the feel and tangibility of writing on paper. Even growing up during the explosive growth of computers and the internet, I feel drawn to the now seemingly vintage technology that may one day also go the way of the dodos. It just feels right from a usability standpoint. Pointing, scrolling around on something that looks like paper, thin enough to be a chart but lacks the sensitivity of a pen still strikes me as odd.
However, adapting to new technologies has become second nature in this day and age. I am sure once I use it more and more, it will become as natural as writing. I can only imagine the difficulties an older generation of doctors have with emerging technologies like electronic health records. I met a doctor who never knew you could put reference software on a smartphone; another doctor swore off iPads and the like for their “unintuitive” interface. For a health care system trying to reduce the burden of paper via adoption of new technologies, the greatest barrier is ultimately still ourselves.
paper makes sense until another clinic requests the entirety of a patient’s medical records. save the trees and streamline the record keeping system. go electronic.