Conversions

We do conversions.

We can convert data from virtually any format, into Oscar.

The basic conversion includes demographics and appointments.  The cost is $2000 for any format and any volume of data.

If you are using another EMR and want to convert your data, just call me or send an email (earlw at oscar-quebec.com).

I have converted data from the following EMRs: ABELMed, CareFile, DoctorDirect, HealthScreen, Hero, IntraHealth, Jonoke, MD4000, Medcom, Osler, P&P, QuickClaim,  SoftInfo and XWave.

I have also converted data from Excel, Access, 4thDimension, Foxpro, mySQL, PDF and SQL Server.

Don’t let your data lock you into your EMR.  We can extract the data and migrate it into Oscar.

Oscar Support Contract

After installing, training and supporting multiple Oscar sites for over 3 years, I have realized that I need to change the way I work.

I have dedicated a lot of time and energy into a great Open Source product.
I have not charged a lot for my work in the past since I was new to Oscar and was not familiar with the software and its functions.

Effective January 1st 2014 I will be charging a monthly fee for Oscar support.
The fee will be $100 per site per month, plus $50 per month for each additional full-time physician.
I’m not going to visit each site and count physicians or the hours that are worked.
If you are a sole-practitioner, the charge is only $100 per month.
If you have 3 full-time physicians, the charge would be $200 per month.
There is no charge for support staff.

This is an optional plan.
If you pay for one year in advance, the price drops by 16%. (From $1,200 to $1,000 or $2,400 to $2,000, etc. )

If you prefer not to pay for monthly support, I understand that, and will simply charge my normal hourly rate of $90.

There is no contract. The monthly fee includes the following:

Rapid response for any emergency or problem.
Monthly confirmation that the daily backup is running.
Biannual restoration of your backup on another server to ensure quick recovery (*).
One hour of training or eform programming per month which can be banked for one year.
Remote support any time (almost).
Free email and telephone support for a reasonable number of hours.

* If you would like to have your server mirrored to another server located outside your practice, I can do that. There would be a small setup charge, then the monthly cost of renting server space ‘in the cloud’. iWeb.com offers a range of Canadian (Quebec) based servers for $84 to $149 per month.This price would be reduced if multiple clinics share the same backup server.

I do not normally charge for quick calls or emails.

Special projects will be priced on a flat-rate or hourly fee, depending on the work required.

Oscar upgrades from v9 or v10 will be $500.
Oscar upgrades from v12 will be $250.
I don’t believe in performing unnecessary upgrades. The current version of Oscar is 12.1, which is very stable. Updates are being made on a regular basis. The only real reason for upgrading is to fix an existing problem or to get a new feature that you do not have.
When and if you want to upgrade, the process can be done over an evening or weekend.

The next major release of Oscar will be v14, and should be available at the end of 2014 or early 2015.

I can also help you find the best deal for computer equipment or services. My markups on hardware are very low, but honestly, unless you have specific requirements, sale prices at Future Shop, Best Buy or Bureau en Gros are usually below my cost prices.
Any server that I purchase usually includes on-site service directly from the manufacturer (HP or Lenovo).

The monthly fee is much less than what other OSPs (Oscar Service Providers) are charging.
Feel free to check the Oscar Canada web site. Most of the OSPs are listed there:
http://oscarcanada.org/support

I would prefer not to change a monthly support fee at all, but I need to be able to ensure that I am available whenever there is an emergency and able to dedicate more time to improving Oscar in Quebec.

I will continue to organize monthly Oscar User Group meetings in Montreal.
Check the www.oscar-quebec.com site for updates.

I will continue to improve a great product and to help you be better, more efficient physicians.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call or email anytime.
Earl Wertheimer | oscar-quebec.com | earlwer@gmail.com | (514) 891-3275

OscarQC vs Oscar McMaster

The Quebec Health Ministry (RAMQ) has homologated (aka approved) a version of Oscar called OscarQC. This means that OscarQC is eligible for funding from RAMQ.

OscarQC is not OpenSource. It is a forked version of Oscar. There are advantages and disadvantages to this.

Here are some of the differences.

OscarQC is eligible for RAMQ funding.
This would be a big advantage for software with high licensing costs, but since Oscar is Open Source, there are no licensing fees and therefore little advantage.
The other recurring expense is maintenance and OscarQC has the advantage, since that expense is reimbursable by RAMQ.

Note: For GPs, only 70% of your expenses are reimbursable, so if you are paying 12 x $200 for support, you still need to pay $2,400 for yearly support and get $1,680 back from RAMQ. Your actual expense would be $720

OscarQC has the following additional features: Health card verification, Client Vulnerable registration and it shows the cost of insured medications.

OscarQC is hosted by Info-Data and cannot be installed in your office. It needs an internet connection to function. No internet = no OscarQC.

This _may_ be an advantage for clinics that do not want to have the server located in their own premises and the associated support and maintenance issues. Note: If you want a hosted version of Oscar, there are a few companies who currently offering that service.

OscarQC gives you no access to the database, so you could not hire a programmer to do work for you. This would include projects like importing data for new physicians or changing the Oscar program code. Note: Info-Data would be the only entity that could do that work.

Oscar McMaster is community supported and maintained. That means that it may take more time to see new features in OscarQC.

What is Oscar?

OSCAR is Open Source Clinical Application Resource. It was developed at McMaster University and is used by physicians across Canada. Click here for a map of Oscar sites across Canada.

OSCAR is Free.  Free to download and use.  Free to modify and improve.

OSCAR is eligible for funding from OntarioMD.

The current version (as of Sep 2012) is Oscar v12.

The Wertheimer Computer Works Inc. installs and supports Oscar in offices in the Montreal area.

For further information, call (514) 891-3275 or earlw@spe-edi.com