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Reddy Srinivas

Dear Dr. Alan Brookstone,

Thank you for your helpful insights into “starting an EMR company” article. I am an entrepreneur from Toronto and would like to get into the EMR area. Rather than develop an EMR from scratch, we are partnering with a US developed EMR and modify that to suit Canadian requirements. Kindly clarify as to:

1) How different is a Canadian EMR from an USA EMR?

2) Are there any specs giving details on the requirements/modifications for Canadian EMR?

I will greatly appreciate your advice and suggestions in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

Reddy S.
Toronto.

Alan Brookstone

Reddy,

Differences between US and Canadian EMR systems are less related to functionality (which is the same irrespective of country in which care is provided) and more related to workflow design in order to meet the needs of various team members. For example, in Canada, most EMR systems allow the provider (Physician, NP) to submit the bill immediately following the encounter. In the US, the billing and invoicing is handled by a team of staff members who work with different insurance companies and these are separated functionally into back-office and front office requirements. US systems which are specifically designed to work in small practices of 1-4 physicians would be more similar to Canadian systems from a workflow perspective. However, billing requirements differ from province to province.

Each province publishes provincial specifications for EMR. This will entail some work on your side to contact the different provincial programs and determine which provinces you wish to enter. For more information, click here

To learn more about US EMR systems, visit our companion site in the US - americanehr.com

Alan Brookstone

Reddy,

Differences between US and Canadian EMR systems are less related to functionality (which is the same irrespective of country in which care is provided) and more related to workflow design in order to meet the needs of various team members. For example, in Canada, most EMR systems allow the provider (Physician, NP) to submit the bill immediately following the encounter. In the US, the billing and invoicing is handled by a team of staff members who work with different insurance companies and these are separated functionally into back-office and front office requirements. US systems which are specifically designed to work in small practices of 1-4 physicians would be more similar to Canadian systems from a workflow perspective. However, billing requirements differ from province to province.

Each province publishes provincial specifications for EMR. This will entail some work on your side to contact the different provincial programs and determine which provinces you wish to enter. For more information, click here

To learn more about US EMR systems, visit our companion site in the US - americanehr.com

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