EMR funding

EMR funding

The current Master Agreement provides financial assistance to physicians who implement and operate EMRs. The agreement expires on March 31, 2019.

On May 17, 2018, the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW) announced the details of a new EMR Migration Incentive Program. On Oct. 18, government amended the eligibility requirements for the one-time incentive payment to expedite the required migration from Nightingale On Demand (NOD). Read government's amended announcement and FAQ.

One-time migration incentive payment for those doctors changing EMR products

A migration incentive of $2,300 will be paid to each physician in recognition for time spent by them and their staff to ensure migration of patient records is completed in accordance with provincial migration project standards, including testing and validating migrated data.  This incentive will be in place for all DHW scheduled migrations from Dec. 1, 2017, to Oct. 31, 2019.

Eligibility criteria are included in government’s amended announcement and FAQ.

One-time incentive payment to expedite the required migration from Nightingale On Demand (NOD)

Please note: Important Changes to Eligibility Requirements

In addition, physicians currently using Nightingale on Demand may also receive up to a maximum of $3,000 (one-time only payment) to compensate them for migrating from Nightingale On Demand to one of two Certified EMRs; TELUS Health’s Med Access EMR or QHR Technologies’ Accuro EMR. Incentive amounts will be determined as follows:

  • Physicians who, between Dec. 1, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2018, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive the maximum amount of the NOD Migration Incentive ($3,000);  
  • Physicians who, between Nov. 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive 75% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $2,250); and
  • Physicians who, between April 1, 2019 and Oct. 31, 2019, sign and deliver an EMR contract and CGA form to their vendor, shall receive 50% of the maximum NOD Incentive (actual $1,500).

Eligibility criteria are included in government's amended announcement and FAQ.

EMR Subsidy 

To encourage ongoing EMR use, existing Practimax, Accuro and Med Access users who are receiving eResults from provincial information systems, will receive an EMR subsidy of $200 per month. 

  • Nightingale On Demand physicians will qualify for the subsidy in the month after they have completed their migration to a Certified EMR.
  • For Accuro, Practimax and Med Access EMR users who meet the eligibility criteria (see FAQ included in government’s announcement), the subsidy is effective April 1, 2018.
  • The end date for the EMR Subsidy is Dec. 31, 2019, or earlier if a new Physician Master Agreement has been ratified.
  • All payments will be processed by DHW and paid through MSI on a quarterly basis. No action is required by physicians.

Ready to migrate?

Physicians who have selected their new EMR and are ready to migrate can reach out directly to TELUS Health Solutions or QHR Technologies.

Questions?

Funding-related questions about either the EMR Investment Program or the MyHealthNS Virtual Care Pilot should be directed to dhwtechincentives@novscotia.ca.

Doctors Nova Scotia’s EMR advisors can answer your questions about EMRs and other practice technologies, help you identify the key factors in selecting your new EMR and assist in the troubleshooting and escalation of issues. 

Contact

Brent Andrews
EMR advisor (Zones 1-Western, 2-Northern, 4-Central, and IWK)
902-225-8577 (cell)
1-800-563-3427
Derek Stewart
EMR advisor (Zones 2-Northern and 3-Eastern)
902-565-4568 (cell)
1-800-563-3427