Today’s EHR and HIT News includes news of a ‘guarantee’ of sorts that’s being offered by Practice Fusion if they fail to achieve 2014 Meaningful Use readiness by the end of 2013. There is also news of a technology partnership between Aprima Medical Software and Technology Solutions Provider.
Practice Fusion Guarantees 2014 Meaningful Use
Practice Fusion has announced a guarantee that its free EHR will be 2014 Meaningful Use-ready by the end of 2013. With 100,000 medical professionals currently active each month, the company will instantly become the largest population of physicians equipped for Meaningful Use Stage 2 when certification testing is completed later this year. The guarantee is backed with an offer to pay up to $5,000 in EHR costs for any new customer who switches to a different EHR if Practice Fusion’s certification timing is not met.
Since first becoming certified in 2011, Practice Fusion has delivered over $150 million in Meaningful Use incentives to doctors in ambulatory medical practices. The company is rated No. 1 in Meaningful Use by Brown-Wilson, with 96.5 percent of users confident about meeting Stage 2 requirements. Currently, over 400 new medical practices sign up for Practice Fusion each week with the intent of working toward Meaningful Use incentives, with one in four of those switching from a different EHR system. The company has had to grow the capacity of its implementation team by 34 percent in the past month to accommodate demand.
“Meaningful Use has to be drama-free for doctors,” said Ryan Howard, Founder and CEO of Practice Fusion. “Being a cloud service means that our Meaningful Use upgrade process is free from the chaos that so many medical practices are currently facing. The response we’ve seen from the medical community this fall has been overwhelming. Practice Fusion is the only vendor that can remove the cost and risks of Meaningful Use upgrades, allowing doctors to collect their stimulus checks without stress.”
An estimated 90 percent of ambulatory EHR vendors will not be certified for 2014 Meaningful Use by January 1, the first reporting period deadline. CMS estimates the average cost of upgrading a legacy EHR system to be $10,000 per physician each year. Server-based EHRs are facing a particularly difficult technical challenge trying to roll out updated software and set up connections to labs and imaging centers by working with each individual client installation.
“After spending $60,000 on an EHR system where the vendor went bankrupt on installation day and never showed up to my practice, I switched to Practice Fusion over the course of a weekend,” said Dr. Andrew Bronstein, an Orthopaedic Hand & Microvascular surgeon based in Las Vegas. “Through Practice Fusion my transition was simple and Meaningful Use qualification has been automatic and worry-free. I view my story of EHR calamity as an opportunity to help other doctors find a successful path toward Meaningful Use.”
Medical professionals can sign up for Practice Fusion online anytime and be live with their new EHR system in just five minutes with no cost. Unlimited Meaningful Use support and integration with local labs and imaging centers are included in Practice Fusion’s free price. In a survey earlier this year, 83 percent of Practice Fusion users reported that the company’s Meaningful Use dashboard is excellent or above average and only 29 percent reported that it was difficult to achieve Meaningful Use.
Aprima and Technology Solutions Provider, Inc. Partner to Provide Physicians with a Platform as a Service Solution to Host their EHR
Aprima Medical Software and Technology Solutions Provider, Inc. (TSPi), today announced a partnership to provide physician practices an option to use TSPi’s MicroCloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution to host their Aprima EHR system.
MicroCloud’s on-premise ‘hosted’ solution is an ideal alternative for those practices who do not want to manage their own IT systems, but where offsite hosting is not a viable option, due to facility issues or lack of high-speed Internet access. The MicroCloud package includes on-premise servers, as well as system management and backup.
Aprima EHR has been tested and performance validated to run on MicroCloud and is now a recommended solution for those practices that prefer to have their EHR on-premise, rather than off-site, but do not want to make a large upfront IT investment. MicroCloud combines such features as full professional management, HIPAA compliance with encryption, high availability and disaster recovery backups. On-premise hosting is an important option for healthcare organizations where large amounts of data are generated, such as with imaging, or in environments with limited bandwidth. Having MicroCloud on-premise provides all of the benefits and peace of mind of an off-site hosted solution, but at the speed of the user’s local network.
“TSPi is very excited to be working Aprima,” said Vishal Suri, CEO of TSPi. “There are many physician practices where an on-premise PaaS option for their EHR system makes the most sense. We look forward to being able to provide Aprima’s users with a proven, and performance tested, turnkey option at an affordable price, with no upfront costs.”
According to Neil Simon, chief operating officer at Aprima, “Aprima is excited to work with TSPi to offer our customers an on-premise solution that is professionally managed, allows them to have their data stored locally and enables them to meet the requirements of the latest HIPAA mandates.”