Practice Fusion Accelerates Lab Connectivity for Doctors


Free, web-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) company makes over 160 laboratories easily available to over 150,000 medical providers across the US

San Francisco – November 15, 2012 – Practice Fusion, the largest doctor-patient community in the country, is now connected to 162 clinical laboratories nationwide, more than double the amount the EMR had in May, when it released a first-of-its-kind lab API. This API enables rapid deployment of new laboratory connections that would ordinarily take weeks or months to establish, and enables a more robust digital platform for the transmission of health information. There has been increasing momentum for this kind of transmission since the 2009 HITECH Act enabled physicians transitioning to EMRs to attest to government incentives.

“Labs have been connecting to our EMR platform at a tremendous rate,” said Todd Martin, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Practice Fusion. “This flood of interest—over 100 in the past year—is a sure sign that everyone in the healthcare sector is working towards more efficient, coordinated and effective care.”

Key highlights:

  • Clinical labs across the US can connect to Practice Fusion’s EMR through its API with minimal turnaround time
  • Any commercial laboratory – including clinical, pathology, reference and hospital systems – can send lab results to users directly within the EMR
  • Practice Fusion provides medical practices with lab connections of their choice and unlimited support at no cost to them
  • Over 150,000 medical providers using the EMR can connect to their national and regional labs of choice

“To remain competitive, labs must provide their physicians an easy way to order lab tests and get results back in the patient record quickly—which means they need to be in an EMR,” says Brian Patchett, Chief Sales Officer of West Pacific Medical Laboratory. “Practice Fusion has made it easy for our lab to rapidly connect to new physician clients with their API interface, and as a result, our lab has seen an increase in revenue of over $100,000 in the last few months.”

The timely access of patient health information is crucial to improving the quality of healthcare. However, the use of fax machines remains common for lab results transmission and opens up the possibility of sensitive patient information being misdirected or lost. Incorporating clinical lab test results into EMRs as structured data is a part of the HITECH Act’s push for improved healthcare outcomes through the “meaningful use” of electronic medical records.

Labs interested in connecting to Practice Fusion should send an email to labs@practicefusion.com. Physicians interested in signing up for the free EMR should visit www.practicefusion.com.

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 software addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing electronic medical record community in the country with more than 150,000 users serving 50 million patients. The company announced a $34 million Series C financing led by Artis Ventures in June. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit www.practicefusion.com

 

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