Congratulations, New Brunswick, 58 percent of your doctors cite lack of “compatibility with other electronic systems” as a barrier to accessing electronic medical records. Coincidentally (or not), we are the only province with an ironically named “Data Sharing Agreement” which severely limits access to patient data for a large proportion of EMR users.
A full 40% of New Brunswick physicians said access to electronic records was “unsatisfactory,” much higher than even Newfoundland, which came in second with 30.7%. Only 4% of New Brunswick doctors said access was “excellent,” ranking us second worst in the country. Only Quebec scored lower with 3.6%.
Time to smarten up and get with the program, New Brunswick. Information silos are NOT helpful. Interoperability is the way of the future.
Abolish the Data Sharing Agreement now!
More information from the latest National Physician Survey is available here: NPS 2014