Canadian EMR evaluation site goes live
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. It can be accessed at:
Dr. Brookstone is a family physician and influential EMR consultant who
closed his family practice earlier this year to concentrate on
developing the web site and an EMR test lab in Richmond, B.C., just
Comparison information is already available on core group of EMR
vendors; others are being encouraged to list their products in the
CanadianEMR Comparison Engine. Vendors can contact Dr. Brookstone and
his colleagues by email at
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.
The site has a number of important features:
• An EMR comparison engine allows physicians and other viewers to
compare EMRs quickly and easily, in one location, without having to go
to each vendor individually, get their materials and do a manual
• Users are able to e-mail a side-by-side comparison to one or more
people to facilitate sharing of information and decision-making.
• An EMR 5-star rating system allows physicians who are already users to
rate their experience with the EMR. This provides reliable information
about user experiences with regards to a particular EMR.
• An Education Centre is currently in development. This component will
support clinicians who are either making a decision to purchase a system
or want to enhance their use of their EMR.
• The existing CanadianEMR blog, which has been running for several
years, has been fully integrated into the new web site. It will continue
as a moderated and important part of the site, facilitating discussion
on key topics across the country relating to EMRs.
Vendors of EMR systems are invited to list their products on CanadianEMR
and to optionally create an enhanced vendor profile. Similar in concept
to the advertisements found in the yellow pages, an enhanced profile
provides vendors with a mechanism to provide in-depth information on
their products at the time physicians are considering their options.
The fees charged for the enhanced vendor profiles will fund continued
development of the site, along with financial contributions from the
founding site sponsors: Telus, Microsoft, and Intel.
EMR vendors who are CHITTA members qualify for an exclusive 10% discount
on Enhanced Vendor Profiles. This discount is in addition to a 7.5%
discount for a one year upfront payment. Both InfoClin
www.infoclin.ca and the Branham
have contributed significantly to the evolution and development of the
The next step for CanadianEMR is to work closely with the vendors,
informatics community and physicians to refine the ranking algorithm so
that information provided by physicians is both fair and balanced.