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84-Year-Old Doctor Denied a License to Practice

Her lack of computer skills conflicts with N.H. requirements

84 Year Old Doctor No Computer

Michael Casey/AP

Anna Konopka doesn't have a computer in her office and doesn't know how to use one.

A New Hampshire judge has denied an 84-year-old doctor's request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer.

The state challenged Anna Konopka's record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision-making. It said her limited computer skills prevent her from using the state's mandatory electronic drug monitoring program, which requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses.

Konopka surrendered her license in October but later requested permission to continue her practice. New Hampshire Public Radio reported that Merrimack Superior Court Judge John Kissinger ruled Nov. 15 that she failed to show she was forced to give up her license as she alleged.

Konopka has asked the judge to reconsider his decision on Wednesday. He hasn't responded yet, so she still cannot see the 20 to 25 patients per week as she once did.

"I'm not upset about anything. The legal system is a game. You move. They move. It's full of tricks and different movements," she said.

Konopka doesn't have a computer in her office and doesn't know how to use one. Two file cabinets in a tiny waiting room inside a 160-year-old clapboard house hold most of her patient records. 

"I am fighting,” she said. “Therefore, as long as I am fighting, I have some hope."

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