04/03/2014 10:16 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Third of eligible doctors in New Brunswick sign on to electronic health records

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick Medical Society says more than a third of the 950 doctors eligible for the province's new electronic medical records program have enrolled.

The organization says 357 physicians are participating in the system, including family doctors and specialists.

Society president Dr. Lynn Hansen says the program offered by Velante, a subsidiary of the society, will reduce time spent managing and searching through paper files.

Concerns arose in February when the society said it was less than halfway to its goal of having 500 doctors enrolled in the program, a target Hansen said at the time was ambitious.

Many doctors previously purchased other software to access electronic medical records and said it is too expensive to switch.

Doctors began using the new system in November.