Dr. Alan Brookstone – "Avoid the Boondoogle"

Dr. Alan Brookstone is a Canadian pioneer in the use and adoption of electronic medical records in physician offices.  Having automated his own office, Dr. Brookstone embarked on a crusade to help other doctors do the same.  He created a blog to share the lessons that he learned implementing an electronic medical record in his office.  This blog evolved to become CanadianEMR, a web site with a rich suite of features to help physicians choose and make best use an electronic medical record.  Most recently, Dr. Brookstone launched AmericanEHR in partnership with the American College of Physicians to expand his presence into the U.S.

In addition to automating his own practice and sharing his insights with other physicians, Dr. Brookstone has consulted with various healthcare organizations across Canada and abroad on the use of information technology to transform the delivery of healthcare services.  One of these organizations is Canada Health Infoway.

Having tried to work from the inside to effect change at Canada Health Infoway, Dr. Brookstone has published a public comment on what he feels are changes that must be made to “avoid the boondoogle” of interoperable electronic health records. You can read Dr. Brookstone's comments at:


Michael Martineau



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