Practice Fusion Connect 2010 In Review

Top Quote EHRtv - a division of - reviews Practice Fusion's 2010 user conference. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 16, 2010 - EHR Scope and EHRtv thought we would see how things went in San Francisco with Practice Fusion's first ever user conference: Connect 2010. The attendees ranged from Physicians, Practitioners and HIT professionals. In total there were roughly 200 attendees. As stated at the Practice Fusion site; the main purpose of this event was to discuss, train and establish relationships with current users and those curious about the EHR.

    The activities included multiple sessions. Some of the more notable presentations centered around subject matter regarding Meaningful Use, VoIP adaptation, E-faxing and other peripherals for their EMR. A person who was present at the conference mentioned the ways in which practice fusion had created a direct cost savings of well over $8k per year on paper charts, not including savings through the integrated e-faxing system. Beyond paper-free issues, Practice Fusion is a member of Surescripts' massive e-prescribing network which is quickly becoming an industry standard.
    Also at the conference was a representative of EXAQ inc. This particular rep is a friend of EHR Scope and was on hand to train and explain how some of Nuance Communication's voice recognition software is added into EHRs like Practice Fusion. As many attendees were of smaller private practice origins, Dragon Medical is the individual practice application of Nuance's technology.

    EHRtv put together a quick video demonstrating this interaction:

    Of course, for many larger hospitals and healthcare systems, Nuance's technology is basically a prerequisite for any new or large scale EHR adaptation. VR is definitely in demand for physicians who are used to dictation and transcription. EHRtv posted a video today regarding this as well

    The axis of focus at the conference was cost savings through new technology. This is one of Practice Fusion's strong suites in that it is a web-based system; free of charge. While other EHRs have more integrated services and development advantages, Practice Fusion has carved out a niche by giving the option to dive into the EHR space, without breaking out the checkbook. For the more tentative EHR adopter these free EHRs are a good starting point as long as they keep up with meaningful use rules. In the case of this EHR, ONC-ATCB Modular Certification was granted some weeks ago and plans are in operation to attain complete certification in the future.

    What conference is complete without forward looking announcements? Some announcements touched on new mobility services developed for use with the various tablet PCs on the market. Examples for use with iPad and even a Google android tablet were on hand. In addition, their goals for 2011 include a more PHR centric API for streamlined patient-doc interaction when e-prescribing. And finally, to boast a bit about their customer-base, they benchmarked their network at 5 million user accounts and growing. Images from the event can be found here.

    About Practice Fusion

    Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion's EMR addresses the complex needs of today's healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EMR community in the country with more than 50,000 users. For more information on Practice Fusion, please visit

    About EHRtv

    Established by Eric Fishman, M.D.; EHRtv informs the medical community and the general-public about heath information technologies (HIT), healthcare reform legislation and including ARRA HITECH act. Specifically, the focus of EHRtv is subject matter including changes in electronic health records (EHR) technology; through requirements established by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). EHRtv presents the most original and up-to-date video news content in the industry. EHRtv is a subsidiary EHR Scope, LLC.

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