Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What are "Reasonable Accommodations" for physicians with disabilities?

The definition of a "Reasonable Accommodation" is a topic that has been debated for many years. For physicians with disabilities, the hospital or clinic may need to be modified significantly. Now that we're in a digital era, the issue of computer accommodations is becoming more important since medical records are going to electronic records.

Most electronic health record (EHR) systems operate with a keyboard and  mouse. Some are navigated through touch.

As health care becomes more digital, what are "reasonable accommodations" for physicians with disabilities? What are the factors the government needs to consider in the setting of the The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act?

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