The programmer, I am told, has not been coming up much for air lately - and she is a very talented (and I'm told good-looking) programmer. I hope to meet her one day (not because of her looks - I'm married to a devastatingly beautiful woman already).
More Physicians are contacting me about OSCAR and there seems to be a lot of genuine interest in OSCAR in Alberta. Within just 2-4 weeks, we should have finally an Alberta Billing and Lab module for OSCAR.
I have recently installed Netcare in my office. This is a wonderful thing that has made a real positive difference to patient care - and it saves me hours per week.
I'm normally happy to enthusiastically criticize the Provincial Government.....but I have to grudgingly agree - NETCARE IS BRILLIANT. Whoever was responsible for coming up with the idea, will probably save countless numbers of lives, countless suffering and countless Health Care Dollars. Whoever you are: Thank-you.
We will attempt to also build a Netcare connection to OSCAR, as this is a logical next step.
Many have asked me why I am not pursuing VCUR compliance to receive POSP funding from the AMA.
My answer is: what for?
POSP funding is a nightmare of paperwork that gives Physicians grey hair and high cholesterol....and the costs of OSCAR are so insignificant, that the hassle of obtaining POSP funding for it does not seem to be worth it to me. It will be interesting to see how this issue evolves....but we will perhaps go after VCUR compliance after these several things are done:
1) Alberta Billing and Lab Module Complete
2) Alberta Netcare interactivity module complete
3) OSCAR ISO certification complete (being worked on by fine folks)
4) OSCAR takes over most EMR installations in Alberta
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