Free EMR kicks off 2012 with a Succession of Accolades

Practice Fusion earns nomination for Biggest Social Impact category in the fifth annual Crunchies Awards along with Twitter and Kickstarter

SAN FRANCISCO – February 7, 2012 – Practice Fusion, the fastest-growing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) community, is showing no signs of slowing down in 2012. The company gathered high-profile recognition in January from healthcare, technology and investor communities, including the Crunchies Awards, San Francisco Business Times, Business Insider and SecondMarket. Headquartered in San Francisco, Practice Fusion’s free EMR currently has over 140,000 medical professional users, including doctors, nurses and staff, serving 30 million patients.

“Awards are great, but our real focus is on helping doctors save lives. Every day, hundreds of new physicians sign up online for our free EMR taking the first step toward removing paper from their practice, improving the safety of care, connecting with patients and earning federal incentives,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “It’s exhilarating to see our growth over the past few years and hard work of our team recognized.”

Recent awards:

  • Crunchies – Practice Fusion joined Twitter, Kickstarter, Charity: Water and Khan Academy as nominees for the new “Biggest Social Impact” award category at the “Oscars of Tech” hosted by TechCrunch on January 31.
  • 40 under 40 – Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion, was recognized as an emerging young leader in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Timeson January 20.
  • The Silicon Valley 100 – Howard was also listed in Business Insider among forward-thinkers who “did the coolest things in Silicon Valley” in 2011.
  • Rising Star – Practice Fusion was named a “Rising Star” on January 19 by SecondMarket after interest in the company grew 293.8 percent in Q4 of 2011.
  • Top 10 EMR – A Capterra report on January 25 ranked Practice Fusion in the top 10 most popular EMR solutions. Practice Fusion stood out as the youngest and the only free EMR listed in the research. The next youngest EMR on the list was launched over a decade ago.

Founded in 2005 and boosted by the 2009 stimulus plan, the company now attracts new medical providers at a rate of 500 per day. Its patient community alone has observed a 400 percent increase since 2010. The EMR provides scheduling, charting, e-prescribing, lab integrations and referral letters for providers in small to medium-sized practices and helps eligible physicians earn Meaningful Use incentives; up to $64,000 per provider over the next few years. With a single, integrated platform serving 30 million patients, the community exceeds the size of Kaiser Permanente and the Veteran’s Administration combined.

The company recently announced new funding led by former Facebook executive Jed Stremel, and angel investors and founders, Ali and Hadi Partovi.
Practice Fusion is ramping up hiring at its San Francisco headquarters. Candidates interested in joining the team should visit for more information.

About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based EMR  system to physicians. With medical charting, scheduling, e-prescribing (eRx), lab integrations, referral letters, Meaningful Use certification, 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 140,000 users serving 30 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit

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