The ping goes off right as she grabs the door handle to leave her office. It’s been a long day and she’s meeting a friend for dinner in an hour. She knows that she should turn the knob and keep walking, but the thought of a message sitting there unread is simply unbearable. Without looking, she knows who the e-mail is from. Once upon a time she used to scribble her notes to him in a hurry. Paper in palm, pen moving quickly between her fingers, she always wondered if he took her written words seriously. These days, she feels like a lot of the guess work has been taken out of the equation. Now that most of their correspondence is electronic, she has become used to a response that assures her that he is listening. Their days of meeting in person have become scarce. The time he would steal away from work and home to see her was putting a strain on his life. This new way of communicating has been significantly beneficial to them. They are able to stay in touch and reach each other when necessary and their relationship, if anything, has improved.
They are both incredibly thankful for the electronic health record (EHR).