Today, more than 27,000 doctors in the United States have opened their scheduling calendars to patients online with the launch of Patient Fusion. Combing social media features and patient scheduling visitors to Patient Fusion can find a verified doctor based on specialty and location, read reviews from actual patient visits and instantly request appointments. As users of Practice Fusion’s free electronic health record system, these doctors can also give patients instant access to their personal health records online.
“It’s crazy that you can find quality restaurants easier than quality doctors. We’re changing that today,” said Ryan Howard , CEO of Practice Fusion. “Patient Fusion means unprecedented transparency into health care for patients—the power to choose your doctor based on quality and the power to access and control your own health records. This easy access should be—and will be—a basic right.”
Every doctor available through Patient Fusion is using Practice Fusion’s EHR to manage their patients’ health, including new patient appointment requests. Approved requests will appear in the EHR schedule and generate confirmation emails with instructions for the visit, freeing up staff time for more important work and eliminating issues like double-booking. By granting patients access to their records, practices can make it easier for patients to keep an eye on key data such as immunizations and allergies and to follow post-visit instructions.
With 27,000 verified physicians across the United States there are currently about 3 million open appointments available in April alone. Visitors to Patient Fusion can also view physician reviews, with an average of 14 per doctor profile, all from real patients, that have been verified as having seen the doctor.