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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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Healthcare IT as an ecosystem
By mikecuesta on 9/24/2009 11:21:05 AM , Rating: 2
Moving to the cloud is definitely the way to go. Also, I agree with many of the sentiments regarding the fragmented state of Healthcare - we need a solution that connects all of the disparate workflows.

For more information, check out http://www.carecloud.com




RE: Healthcare IT as an ecosystem
By KLO on 10/2/2009 9:16:57 PM , Rating: 2
Learn Java, Visual Basic, C++, coding, programming, design, and development, then create a software for your own company to use on the intranet that is capable of communicating with other software compatibly. But do not put your private info in someone else's hands. I was a process manager and I always think about the outcome of the process not just the benefit. By the way if you can build the above, you can patent it, package it and sell it to other hospitals..., sharing from one to another is not recommended for fear of leakage. People need to simply get way more responsible about their health. They need to have a long-term healt provider and only that provider can share information with others at your discretion. Once the software is in place sharing information and streamlining should not be a problem. It is similar to having Word on every computer so you can receive and write documents. But keep the information private. No Cloud.


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