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Shopping for Electronics
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) - September 6, 2011

For many family physicians being pressed to adopt electronic medical records, the instinct is to probably run and hide. They don’t necessarily see the merits or value of moving health records online and when they do decide to take the electronic plunge, they soon find themselves mired in sales pitches and issues of cost, connectivity and software certification.
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Dr. Alan Brookstone's Top Tips for EMR Selection
Technology for Doctors - January 20, 2011

Doctors are often advised to find a good fit with their “practice style” when they go shopping for an EMR. But what kind of analysis and footwork should be done to achieve this? Dr. Alan Brookstone, founder of CanadianEMR, an impartial EMR comparison site, offers the key questions doctors should be asking when they embark on this expensive journey. For general practices, the first fundamental question that needs to be asked is: What is the size of the practice? “Is it a single doctor practice, a small multiple physician practice, or a multiple physician practice with specialists? When multiple people need to use the same record, the EMR needs to be flexible enough to meet all needs,” says Broookstone.
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OntarioMD Adopts CanadianEMR Ratings
Canadian Healthcare Technology - February 12, 2009

TORONTO – As of January 30, 2009, OntarioMD has gone live with CanadianEMR ratings data within their EMRAdvisor.ca website. The CanadianEMR ratings will help Ontario physicians make better informed purchasing decisions about Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software for their practices.Canada is transitioning into the next phase of adoption of healthcare technology. As most hospitals have now implemented large-scale systems for in-patient care, the challenge is now to computerize the physician practice and to connect primary care physicians and specialists to other healthcare providers.
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CanadianEMR Launches Physician Resource Directory
Canadian Healthcare Technology - July 24, 2008

VANCOUVER - Just launched, the Physician Resource Directory consists of Vendor Profiles that can be browsed and searched by name, category and province to help physicians and practice managers quickly and easily find EMR-related products and services. CanadianEMR has over 1,000 registered users representing physicians who are currently using EMR systems or considering the purchase of an EMR. In response to a growing need for information on additional products and services related to their decision to implement an EMR system, CanadianEMR has developed this new directory service. In a survey conducted in May 2008, physicians and practice managers were asked to rank their interest in approximately 25 categories of products and services needed to support the EMR based practice.
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Buyer beware: Hundreds of MD reviews of electronic medical record systems now a mouse click away
CMA.ca - May 26, 2008

PAT RICH - Canadian physicians now have a tool that lets them use colleagues' opinions to identify the electronic medical record (EMR) system that best meets their practice needs. The new online system, CanadianEMR Satisfaction Ratings, lets registered MDs rate and compare EMRs. It went live May 1 at www.canadianemr.ca, a Web site and blog operated by British Columbia FP Alan Brookstone; 16 EMR systems are currently available for comparison. Since the site was relaunched in October 2007, EMR systems have been rated against one another more than 11,500 times via the site's "comparison engine." Brookstone says that roughly 37 EMR systems are being actively marketed in Canada. His site has received over 23,000 visits in the last 6 months and now has 865 registered users rating different systems. More than 175 physicians have been verified as raters of the 12 EMR systems that are listed in the vendor profile section.
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National Electronic Medical Record rating system goes live
Canadian Healthcare Technology - May 15, 2008

VANCOUVER – A system of national ratings of the most commonly used Electronic Medical Record systems in Canada went live this month, with independent assessments and rankings by physicians. The CanadianEMR Satisfaction Ratings are now accessible through www.canadianemr.ca. The rankings and related data are provided by doctors who have registered and rated their EMR. Companies that have created vendor profiles on CanadianEMR have the ability to verify physicians who have rated their EMR system as actual users who have been using the system for at least six months. The unique verification system is able to provide users of the site with a level of confidence in the ratings, noted site founder Dr. Alan Brookstone (pictured), formerly a practicing GP and currently a Vancouver-based eHealth consultant. When a physician submits a rating to CanadianEMR for a specific system, limited information is shared with the vendor in order to verify an individual as a user of that EMR product.
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EMR Web site
BCMJ, Vol. 49, No. 10, page(s) 536-Pulsimeter - December 2007

The CanadianEMR web site is a free resource for BC physicians. The site has a number of useful features: An EMR comparison engine. This tool allows physicians to compare EMRs quickly and easily in one location without having to go to each vendor individually, get their materials, and do a manual comparison. Key comparison categories have already been identified. An e-mail feature. This feature allows you to e-mail a side-by-side comparison to one or more colleagues to facilitate sharing and decision making. An EMR five-star rating system. Physicians who are already users can rate their experience with the EMR. This provides physicians with reliable information about user experiences with a particular EMR.
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CanadianEMR evaluation site goes live
Canadian Healthcare Technology - November 9, 2007

RICHMOND, B.C. CanadianEMR, a web site that's the brainchild of former General Practitioner Alan Brookstone (pictured), MD, is now up and running. It's the country's first-ever site that independently evaluates and rates Electronic Medical Record systems so that physicians can make better decisions about computerizing their practices. CanadianEMR is unique in that actual physician users of various EMRs are rating the capabilities of the systems. EMR systems are scored using a five-star scale, much like products in Consumers Report, resulting in an easy-to-use guide to clinical information systems in Canada.
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Online Resource enables MDs to Rate EMRs
Future Practice - November 6, 2007

An electronic medical record (EMR) is one of the most important purchases a practice will make. This critical business decision should not be based on cost alone. Providing care is increasingly complex, with a growing national focus on shared care among providers and incentive programs for complex conditions. An EMR is becoming a necessary business tool that can facilitate high-quality care and enhance income. As a result, Canadian physicians are more ready than ever to purchaseand implement an EMR system.Funding programs in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia have provided needed incentives to accelerate adoption of EMRs; other provinces are developing similar strategies. However, many questions remain unanswered. If I purchase an EMR system, how can I ensure that I can securely share information with colleagues? I am a specialist; which system should I choose? If I purchase an EMR, how will I protect the privacy of my patient information?
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Website helps you choose the right EMR
National Review of Medicine - September 30, 2007.

Sure, everyone says having an electronic medical records (EMR) system is great. You've heard the reasons a million times: an EMR system saves time, improves patient care and monitoring, and finally brings doctors' offices into the 21st century. But with dozens of different software providers offering gigabytes and megawhats and lord knows what else, how are you supposed to know which one's right for you? That's where Vancouver GP Dr Alan Brookstone comes in. He's the founder of CanadianEMR, a discussion website and blog that's been around for about four years, but is this month expanding far beyond its initial vision.
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Going electronic in six painless steps.
National Review of Medicine - April 30, 2007.

Research, research, research. And then do some more research. That's the advice from Dr Alan Brookstone, a Vancouver GP and the creator of Canadian EMR, an industry-funded project designed to help Canadian doctors choose EMR software. Your most important source should be your fellow physicians, he says. (But don't forget to make sure they aren't shareholders or board members of the company they recommend.)
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Web site to provide evaluations and ratings of Canada's EMR systems.
Canadian Healthcare Technology - April 2007.

With medical knowledge rapidly proliferating, and physicians of all stripes scrambling to keep abreast of the latest breakthroughs, how many doctors really have time to thoroughly investigate Electronic Medical Record systems?
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Canada's most comprehensive online discussion forum about information technology and electronic medical records (EMRs) for physicians is CanadianEMR.
Future Practice - November 2006.

A search through cyberspace seems to show that Dr. Brookstone's site is unique in North America. Although certain Web sites or blogs in the United States also deal with EMRs or health records, they are either not run by physicians for physicians, or they deal only peripherally with IT issues - see page 13 (.pdf).
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