Brunmed Inc, a company established in 1999, has developed and continues to maintain Practice Management software for physicians in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. BrunMed also has a number of other related medical and other software programs. An EMR, electronic medical record, Medscribbler, began to be developed by BrunMed in 2002.
In 2002 there was, what happens only about once per decade, the convergence of many new technologies that move computing ahead dramatically..
Wireless networks for mobile computing (commonly called WiFi) allowed mobile computers within a small local area. The network routers for this type of system dropped in price rapidly. Tablet PCs were introduced, lightweight mobile computers that can handle the robust applications a Palm or CE handheld could not. Additionally, the Tablet PC had the potential to also accept direct input from a screen that was a digitizer. This potential was realized in the 4Q of 2002 when Microsoft released an operating system, Windows XP Tablet. This operating system has the capability to accept handwriting into documents and convert handwriting into text. Microsoft released a developers kit shortly after the operating system. On the news of the technology advances BrunMed began development in mid-2002 of an EMR that could take avantage of this convergence for the satisfaction of physicians.