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The company reports a spike in demand from doctors switching EHR systems in response to Meaningful Use uncertainty this fall
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Practice Fusion, the nation's largest electronic health record (EHR) platform, today 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.
About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare platform, with a mission of connecting doctors, patients and data to drive better health and save lives. A driving force in modernizing American health care, Practice Fusion is used by a community of 100,000 monthly active medical professionals serving 75 million patients. In April 2013, the company launched its consumer-facing platform, Patient Fusion, where patients can find and book appointments with doctors and access their medical records. The World Economic Forum recognized Practice Fusion as a Technology Pioneer for 2013. www.practicefusion.com
Practice Fusion's free EHR is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified as a Complete EHR by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EHR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Practice Fusion version 2.0 was Stage 1 certified on June 2, 2011. The ONC certification ID number is 06022011-9528-6
06022011-928-6. Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0055, NQF0056, NQF0061, NQF0421. Additional software used: Surescripts, RxHub, Email.
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