Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I hate Meditech, part 2.

I remember, once upon a time like a month ago, saying to myself that Meditech is the absolute worst possible excuse for a charting system ever and I would never ever ever ever EVAR allow myself to work in an HCA facility again. After that statement, I was feeling pretty pleased with my level of conviction and gave myself a little pat on the back for making strong pro-sanity career choices.

Fast forward a week, and I'm interviewing for the position here in Denver. I've already expressed to the trio of interviewers how much I want to come to the city, and as that was the only position offered I had already internally decided to take it. Towards the end of the interview, they mention that they're an HCA facility. Mentally cussing everything in existence, I ask which system they use. "Oh, we use Meditech."

Well, fuck.

Maybe it won't be that bad, I tell myself. I liked the hospital in Texas, so maybe I'll be okay and like this one too despite the system. Maybe I'm just remembering it worse than it really was. Maybe, I say to me, I'm just spoiled and it's not really all that bad.

Folks, I've been here almost two weeks now. I can emphatically say that it IS THAT BAD, and Meditech has been confirmed through a repeat study by me that it is the worst ever. Maybe I'm just whining, but dammit it's so terrible.

This is 2014. FFS, why are we using the Atari of electronic systems?! Dedicated to the highest possible care of patients, my ass.


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Aesop said...

I feel ya, sister. BTDT, got the T-shirt, and also a necklace made of the teeth of the guys that sold it to us.

Anonymous said...

I am a travel nurse. I HATE Meditech. I don't know what else to say. It is a truly pathetic excuse for an EMR!!!!! I almost left an assignment because of it. I was told that the hospital used Cerner. But in reality, the hospital was getting Cerner a week before my contract was over. I used Meditech back in the 90's and vowed to never work at a facility that used it. Unfortunately, I want to live permanently in Nashville, which is dominated by HCA, which uses Meditech. Surely hospitals that use Meditech see how inefficient and ridiculous it is in 2014!!

Anonymous said...

My hospital switched from Meditech to Epic. I lost my job because of all the money they spent on Epic. Oh, well, I don't miss Meditech. Love the blog!