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N.B. health minister open to new deal on electronic health records

New Brunswick Health Minister Hugh Flemming says he's willing to renegotiate a contract that gave exclusive rights to provide an electronic medical records system to the province's doctors. File/Global News

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s health minister says he’s willing to renegotiate a contract that gave the New Brunswick Medical Society the exclusive rights to provide an electronic medical records system to the province’s doctors.

Hugh Flemming says some of the other software providers have offered to connect their clients for free but the province can’t allow that because he’s bound by the contract with the medical society.

The contract gives the medical society exlusive rights to provide software that links to the provincial government’s health records system.

Flemming’s comments come a day after the medical society announced only 240 of 950 eligible doctors have enrolled in their program so far.

Many doctors had previously purchased other software and say it’s too expensive to switch.

Flemming says he’s open to any call from the medical society or doctors seeking to renegotiate the deal.

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Doctors have until the end of March to access federal and provincial funding to make the switch.

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