The CanadianEMR web site is a free resource for BC physicians. The site has a number of useful features:
• An EMR comparison engine. This tool allows physicians to compare EMRs quickly and easily in one location without having to go to each vendor individually, get their materials, and do a manual comparison. Key comparison categories have already been identified.
• An e-mail feature. This feature allows you to e-mail a side-by-side comparison to one or more colleagues to facilitate sharing and decision making.
• An EMR five-star rating system. Physicians who are already users can rate their experience with the EMR. This provides physicians with reliable information about user experiences with a particular EMR.
• An education centre is currently in development. This process is still early and groups will have an opportunity to provide input and influence how the centre will function in terms of providing educational programming and support to clinicians who are either making a decision to purchase a system or want to enhance their use of their EMR.
• The CanadianEMR blog. This web log has been fully integrated into the web site and will continue to be a moderated and important component of the site to facilitate discussion on key topics across the country relating to EMR.
—Alan Brookstone, MD
Above is the information needed to cite this article in your paper or presentation. The International Committee
of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommends the following citation style, which is the now nearly universally
accepted citation style for scientific papers:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.
About the ICMJE and citation styles
The ICMJE is small group of editors of general medical journals who first met informally in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1978 to establish guidelines for the format of manuscripts submitted to their journals. The group became known as the Vancouver Group. Its requirements for manuscripts, including formats for bibliographic references developed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), were first published in 1979. The Vancouver Group expanded and evolved into the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), which meets annually. The ICMJE created the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals to help authors and editors create and distribute accurate, clear, easily accessible reports of biomedical studies.
An alternate version of ICMJE style is to additionally list the month an issue number, but since most journals use continuous pagination, the shorter form provides sufficient information to locate the reference. The NLM now lists all authors.
BCMJ standard citation style is a slight modification of the ICMJE/NLM style, as follows:
- Only the first three authors are listed, followed by "et al."
- There is no period after the journal name.
- Page numbers are not abbreviated.
For more information on the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, visit www.icmje.org