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Electronic Health Records system is called Practice Fusion

Electronic Health Records (EHR) are one of the vital components to overhauling the nation's health care network. The U.S. government feels that EHR will help reduce the cost of medical care by allowing doctors, labs, and hospitals to share data faster and easier than they can currently.

Part of the economic stimulus plan has funds that are set aside to reimburse medical care facilities and doctors for money spent moving to an EHR platform. EHR provider Practice Fusion has announced that its EHR system will be made available free of charge to physicians in a partnership with BioReference Laboratories.

BioReference will feed its lab data into the Practice Fusion EHR system and recommend the product to its network of 15,000 doctors. BioReference is the nation's third largest full-service medical testing lab behind Qwest and LabCorp. The two larger labs also integrate their data into the Practice Fusion system.

"With this deal, we've gained another 15,000 physicians," says the EHR vendor's CEO Ryan Howard. That statement is a bit inflated considering that the 15,000 physicians have to choose to use the Practice Fusion system. The Practice Fusion system is a cloud-based offering that is trying to attract doctors that currently use paper billing.

The labs are keen on EHR because it saves them time and money. With EHR platforms, they only need to update one record rather than individual doctors' offices. BioReference marketing VP Amar Kamath said, "we only have to integrate the data once, not for every doctor's office."

Dell also recently announced a new EHR offering that it was offering to physicians that is a complete turnkey package physicians and facilities must purchase and share data with a provider or a local hospital. The government is enticing physicians to move to EHR systems by promising bonus payments for those who migrate.



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By PAPutzback on 9/23/2009 11:25:50 AM , Rating: 3
I work in healthcare and it is unbelievable how many disparate software solutions are used to process a patient from beginning to end.

You start with the DR office. You got your record, billing and scheduling systems. Then the billing kicks out a proprietary formatted claim to transfer to a Clearinghouse to be assembled with a bunch of other offices. A lot of the time each office has their own format. Then the clearinghouse creates an EDI file to be sent to a payer.

Bah. I could explain the whole process and it would take a day to explain all the holes in the process. Needless to say Healthcare needs to go to the cloud.

Next time you are on vacation think about what would happen if you got in a medical emergency and there was no way to tell the doctor you were allergic to some drug and your records are sitting on a shelf 1000 miles away.




By kattanna on 9/23/2009 12:03:52 PM , Rating: 2
my wife does the coding for various clinics and man.. she tells me of all the various systems they have to jump through..combined with actually having to call back to clinics to confirm things to code the bills properly, its amazing.

all mountains of actual paperwork.

as for all the separate systems, i actually blame the insurance industry and their tactics of dropping people with pre-existing conditions and dropping them when they have issues. that forces people to go to various doctors "off the record" and be completely against an integrated system.

hopefully this forced tax increase being called health care reform might take care of that issue at least.


By SigmundEXactos on 9/23/2009 2:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
My mother-in-law's practice uses athenaHealth.com, and it's pretty damn good--it does EHR and billing and scheduling and all of that. It submits the claims for you, and get this--if you don't get your claim, they have an office in India who's job is to call up insurance companies asking about missing claims! :)


By KLO on 10/2/2009 9:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
Great! Another company that sends our jobs overseas! Just what we need in this recession! As great as it sounds for stream-lining, its a disaster for HIPPA, get off your lazy asses and start communicating. Its been working fine for now, "why fix something that ain't broke", people are just lazy and its not worth the security risk to the individuals. Thanks for letting me know Aetna does this, now I know why some companies are dropping them even though the new Insurance company makes exactly the same offer. They are no longer HIPPA compliant!


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