E-patient record system makes uneven playing field, says MD

A Fredericton doctor says the province’s new electronic medical records system has created an uneven playing field.

Dr. Doug Varty was one of about 60 doctors who adopted electronic records before the new system was introduced.

He says he is out tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of work because the Department of Health and the New Brunswick Medical Society went with a program that no one was using.

In addition, Varty won’t be able to link to the provincial system, he said.

“That’s a very important part of any EMR is being able to download your data — you know, your lab reports, your X-ray reports, consultant reports and all those sorts of things, automatically, and in a timely fashion. And we’re being denied that,” Varty said.

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