Practice Fusion Inc., the fastest growing electronic health record (EHR) community for physicians in the United States, today announced a guarantee that physicians using Practice Fusion’s EHR will qualify for Meaningful Use before the economic stimulus (HITECH Act) payments begin in January 2011 – effectively guaranteeing payout of stimulus package money to the growing number of doctors using the system. As the leading free, SaaS EHR provider, Practice Fusion is uniquely positioned to meet the emerging certification guidelines and to deliver real-time updates once the final criteria are announced.
Practice Fusion has been closely tracking the development of HITECH criteria from the very start. With the assistance of staff physicians and health policy experts, the company has developed a detailed roadmap for enhancements based on the preliminary Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “Meaningful Use” matrix. Once the certification rules are set, Practice Fusion will be able to quickly release any required enhancements across the SaaS-based user community seamlessly with no cost and no downtime. The Practice Fusion certification guarantee and plan for meeting Meaningful Use criteria are detailed online in a new certification center, launched today.
“The upcoming HHS certification rules will require significant changes to every EHR system,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “With our SaaS platform and fast set up, we are the only EHR that can get doctors up and running now, AND guarantee compliance with new criteria. Busy doctors need this kind of easy and painless way to make the switch from paper charts. Other EHR providers are offering incentives or compensation if their products don’t meet the meaningful use criteria, but doctors can’t be compensated for the time spent on a non-compliant system – and desktop software is notoriously slow and expensive to upgrade and re-install.”
Practice Fusion’s free EHR includes charting, eprescribing, scheduling and integration with billing systems along with free training and support. Recent partnerships with BioReference Laboratories and Quest Diagnostics, enhance the ease–of-use and utility of the software for doctors.