Doctors feel ‘ostracized’ for shunning e-record system


N.B. Medical Society facing criticism from members about patient record software. The New Brunswick Medical Society is finding itself on the defensive against criticism from its own members who are questioning its handling of a new electronic medical record (EMR) program. Launched in partnership with the private information technology company Accreon, the software is sold under the business name Velante.

Only 240 of 950 eligible doctors have signed up for Velante, one month ahead of the March 31 deadline to receive government subsidies.

But, according to Health Minister Ted Flemming, only 34 doctors are currently using it.

‘We feel we’ve been pushed aside.’
– Dr. Sarah Charlebois

Many doctors, such as Dr. Sarah Charlebois, an Oromocto family physician, are using other systems.

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