A doctor who won't use a computer loses her license to practice medicine

Anna Konopka in her office in New London, New Hampshire, where she keeps paper files, not computerized ones.

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  • Allegations against doctor surround her record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making
  • She voluntarily gave up her license to practice, but later said she was pressured into doing so

(CNN)Anna Konopka, a doctor in New London, New Hampshire, refuses to practice what she calls "electronic medicine." She doesn't know how to use a computer, and she handwrites her patient records and keeps them in file cabinets.

Why? "Because electronic medicine is for the system, not for the patients," said the 84-year-old, who is originally from Poland. "The system is destroying human relations between the doctor and the patient."
    Konopka's refusal to keep electronic records, though, has played a part in a judge denying her request to regain her license to practice, which she voluntarily surrendered in October after allegations of misconduct were brought against her, according to the judge's ruling.
    In his ruling on November 15, Merrimack County Superior Court Judge John Kissinger dismissed a case brought by Konopka to regain her license. Konopka said she was pressured into surrendering her license and was told that if she didn't, she would have it taken away.
    The allegations against Konopka started in October 2014 when a complaint brought to the New Hampshire Board of Medicine accused her of "improper prescribing practices" regarding a child patient, according to the state. After an investigation into the allegation, the board reprimanded Konopka in May.
    After Konopka agreed to the reprimand, the board's medical review subcommittee received additional complaints regarding her, according to Kissinger's ruling. He said in the ruling that the allegations surround her record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making.
    Konopka, who denies misconduct, signed a voluntary surrender of license in September, in which she agreed to give up her license effective October 13, allowing her time to "provide scheduled and emergency treatment," according to the surrender.
    In early October, Konopka requested an injunction from the court in hopes of continuing her practice, saying she surrendered her license under duress. Kissinger said in his ruling that Konopka failed to show she was pressured into surrendering the license.
    "Her motivation to seek an injunction allo