Illinois Physician Claims Memorial Health System Didn't Train Him Properly for EMR

A physician who was placed on administrative leave by Springfield, Ill.-based Memorial Health System claims the organization did not train him properly on a new electronic medical records system, according to a State Journal-Register report.

Steven Kottemann, MD, a family physician at Memorial affiliate Family Medical Center of Lincoln (Ill.), said he had trouble keeping up with EMR documentation because of a lack of training and a faulty dictation system. Dr. Kottemann said a minor stroke in 2008 also limited his ability to type for long periods of time. He claimed he was consequently placed on paid leave Sept. 16 because of his problems with the EMR.

However, Memorial CMO Rajesh Govindaiah, MD, said Memorial provided Dr. Kottemann with additional training and scribes to help him use the EMR and the paid leave was a result of broader concerns about his performance.

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