OSCAR & the Community
In 2001, the OSCAR project was started by the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University (in Hamilton, ON, Canada) with the objective of producing a state of the art web-based EMR to support diverse academic and clinical functions. Since 2001 OSCAR has been implemented in large and small clinics across the country with users Canada-wide. In 2012 a not-for-profit entity called "OSCAR-EMR" was incorporated, which will oversee ongoing development, Ontario provincial certification and quality management processes and continue the task of centrally maintaining the code base.
In British Columbia, we have a diverse group of users continually driving growth in OSCAR. It was in the west that the first 'user's groups' were convened, E-mail list-serves opened, and the OSCAR Canada Users Society was formed. OSCARwest has been intrinsically involved in all of this community effort and is pleased to have fostered OSCAR alongside some of the early inexhaustible pioneers - Drs. David Chan, Colleen Kirkham, Jel Coward, Carole White, and Gunther Klein. The OSCAR Canada Users Society is always looking for new volunteers and welcomes fresh ideas and energy. Share your ideas with the OCUS board here: OscarCanadaUserSociety@gmail.com
And in the very recent past, an association of the western OSCAR Service Providers (OSP's) has been convened; rallying their collective energies to further improve OSCAR implementation, instruction and support to care givers offices throughout the province. The Western OSCAR Service Provider's Association wants to ensure that all OSCAR users across the province are presented a standardized, stable OSCAR release reflecting OSCAR's code of ethical conduct. OSP's in BC have been working on improvements to the BC billing module as a collaborative effort, truly learning the spirit of co-opetition that exists in a Libre environment.
New OSCAR Users are encouraged to join the OSCAR conversation amongst peers on line. Subscribe to one or all of the OSCAR list-serves here.
OSCARwest has been involved with the OSCAR software since 2003. Our trainers and support staff have worked in medical offices and have familiarity with the processes that accompany the use of the EMR. When you have a question about billing MSP, WCB or privately through OSCAR, our staff will understand your concerns. OSCARwest staff knows that changing systems in a busy medical practice can be a daunting task. We work with your team to ensure that your roll-out of OSCAR meets the expectations of everyone on staff. We plan your training package with your help. We can judge your needs based on the abilities and number of care givers and auxiliary staff and we'll work with you to train your trainers.
OSCARwest came to OSCAR at the grass-roots, exposing us to a comprehensive knowledge of the software, it's features, shortcuts, and even it's idiosyncrasies. OSCARwest stays involved with the development community and communicates the ideas, feature requests, and concerns of our clients to the technical community.
Our communication with other service providers across the country allows OSCARwest to understand the variety of requirements there are in operating a medical practice. We are able to assist in the continued evolution of OSCAR as an EMR deserving the use of GP's, specialists, midwives, and other health care professionals.