I sent the following letter to the President of the New Brunswick Medical Society, Dr. Lynn Hansen, in mid-December.
I am still waiting for a response.
We seem to have reached an impasse regarding my request that non-Velante EMR users in this province be supported in their efforts to have the same access to Department of Health clinical databases as is offered to Velante clients. As you know, at this fall’s annual general meeting the membership of the NBMS voted strongly in favour of my motion that the NBMS not impede this process.
In an earlier message from Mr. Knight I was given to understand that the Board of Directors would be proceeding with the implementation of this resolution by a well established protocol.
Since that time I have been advised that the NBMS will not proceed with a request to renegotiate the exclusive deal struck between Velante and the Department of Health because is presumed that the Department of Health is not willing to discuss the issue.
Because this is so very important to those of us who have invested heavily in electronic medical records prior to the recent “one vendor” plan implemented by the NBMS and others, I need to be very certain that this is the dead end that it appears to be, and that the NBMS has taken all appropriate steps to move this forward.
I am therefore respectfully requesting that you write to the Minister of Health, in your role as the President of my professional organization, and ask that he consider renegotiating the contract to permit more than one EMR vendor.
If Mr. Flemming’s written response is an unequivocal “no,” I will immediately cease all efforts to lobby the NBMS on behalf of the EMR early adopters who have heretofore been shut out.
Should you decide that you would be willing to advocate for the dozens of doctors who are anxiously waiting to find out if they can be included in moving the EMR program forward, I would appreciate receiving a copy of the response you receive from the Minister.
Thank you for your attention and all the best for the holiday season.