Practice Fusion and the New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center (NJ-HITEC) are teaming up to help medical professionals across New Jersey begin using Practice Fusion’s free Electronic Medical Record system. The partnership, the first of its kind for Practice Fusion, aims to provide doctors with all the resources they need to qualify for up to $44,000 in Meaningful Use incentives, a federal program designed to promote EMR usage.
Among the benefits available to Practice Fusion users through NJ-HITEC are:
- Practice Fusion has waived the fee for the NJ-HITEC team to attend Practice Fusion Academy at the San Francisco headquarters, where they will receive expert training in the EMR system
- NJ-HITEC will have special access to specific Meaningful Use resources from Practice Fusion to better assist providers
- Existing Practice Fusion users in New Jersey will have the option to connect with NJ-HITEC for additional resources and training
As part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, the incentives are motivating medical professionals across the nation to transition from paper records to EMRs. Regional Extension Centers like NJ-HITEC were created to ease the transition for practices evaluating a new EMR by providing them with resources and recommendations. RECs also work with the practice to implement the EMR, improve the practice’s workflow and ensure patient information remains secure. NJ-HITEC was established as a resource for over 18,000 New Jersey primary care physicians, many of whom are still looking for the right EMR.
To date NJ-HITEC has received more than $23 million in funding from the CMS which has been used to provide EMR guidance and resources to 5,935 Primary Care Providers. Of those, 3,782 have already adopted an EMR and 947 have demonstrated meaningful use.
“We currently have over six thousand primary care providers signed up,” said William O’Byrne, Executive Director at NJ-HITEC. “It can be a major burden to learn and implement Meaningful Use requirements while trying to run a practice. We’re here to make sure practices properly use their EMR and receive their incentive check. Practice Fusion will be extremely helpful to our New Jersey physicians and we look forward to working with them to assist anyone wishing to achieve Meaningful Use.”
“NJ-HITEC and Practice Fusion share the same goal–helping physicians improve their practice with technology to save lives,” said Todd Martin, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Practice Fusion. “We aim to get as many New Jersey doctors on Electronic Medical Records as possible through our partnership with NJ-HITEC, our first REC partner in our effort to reshape healthcare.”