History repeats itself. I share Dr Blair’s frustration with PITO (“EMRs and specialists” BCMJ 2009;51:190). I went through the same process about 2 years ago, outlining my concerns that PITO and its $100-million-plus budget is subsidizing mostly GPs with software designed for GPs. I have not received an adequate response from Jeremy Smith or the BCMA on this issue.
I continue to use Optimed’s software in my paperless general surgery office, and I would not consider giving up its specialist-specific features for the 70% rebate by switching to a PITO-approved vendor. I would caution any of my specialist colleagues against doing so.
I have no financial interest in Optimed.
—Hamish Hwang, MD