Practice Fusion, the free Electronic Medical Record company, has continued its phenomenal growth throughout 2010. As the year comes to an end, Practice Fusion now serves 6 million patients and 60,000 users and has achieved a host of milestones including the launch of free e-prescribing, key partnerships with Dell and Microsoft and the announcement of a research division dedicated to stimulating health innovation.
“Practice Fusion’s free EMR has truly outpaced the competition in 2010, redefining the EMR landcape,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “We have helped over 60,000 healthcare professionals deliver quality care to 6 million patients, making traditional, expensive EMR systems a thing of the past.”
Practice Fusion has become a key driver of health information technology adoption in the US. Held back in the past by legacy EMR systems costing an average of $40,000+ per provider, EMR implementation rates in the US have lagged behind other countries. The CDC reports that 10 percent of US physicians have systems that met the criteria of a fully functional system, an improvement from 7 percent in 2009. Practice Fusion disrupts the status quo by providing any doctor in the US with a free, ad-supported EMR. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, lab integrations and referral letters, the lightweight and intuitive EMR platform is well matched for the needs of independent medical offices, especially in the family practice and internal medicine specialties.
Practice Fusion highlights in 2010:
- January – Launch of free e-prescribing, now connected to over 65,000 pharmacies.
- March – Kick-off of the Certified Consultant Network, now connected with 300 local IT experts.
- June – Partnerships with Dell, the No. 1 global health IT services provider according to Gartner, and medical billing software, Kareo.
- July – Launch of the Research Division to provide a key testing ground for healthcare innovation.
- August – Rapid EMR response to the whooping cough outbreak.
- September – Announcement of the Practice Fusion API with a Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. Fast Company called the API launch “one of the most exciting game-changers I could imagine.”
- October – ONC-ATCB certification as an EHR Module as a first step toward ensuring users can qualify for a total of $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives. Also, a partnership with Microsoft Windows Azure DataMarket to assist researchers.
- November – Practice Fusion Connect 2010, the company’s first-ever user conference and announcement of the 5 million patient milestone.
In 2011, the nation’s shift from paper to electronic records will officially kick-off as eligible providers across the country receive the first $18,000 in government incentives for EMR use. The incentive program is part of the economic stimulus plan (ARRA), passed in February 2009 by the Obama administration with a goal of making the US healthcare system safer and more cost-effective.
Practice Fusion’s Electronic Medical Record system is available free to any medical provider in the country with no installation or downtime required. Watch a video introduction to Practice Fusion. Medical providers can sign-up for Practice Fusion online at www.practicefusion.com/go in less than five minutes.