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EMR 2015: Practice Fusion Cuts to the Chase


EMR? PHR? Everyone wants it, everyone says we need it, but what is it and how should we get it? The US healthcare system continues to be strained by spiraling costs, inconsistent care and inefficient, poorly coordinated delivery. Integration of information technology (IT) has proven to reduce errors and improve outcomes of care across all healthcare settings.

The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is one way to improve patient safety, manage clinical information and manage care efficiently. Political leaders are advocating universal adoption of EMR, especially in the aftermath of environmental disasters, when people are displaced and access to medical records is lost. Most physician practice groups are small, and the most efficient group practice size financially is reported to be 5 -15 practitioners. Adoption of EMR has typically required capital, disruption of workflow, and intensive training of staff to be operational.

A rowdy group of creative people invaded my office space about a month ago. On October 23, 2007, they launched what may be the ideal solution for individual and physician practice groups - Practice Fusion. Their brilliant solution is web-based - and free. Physicians log on, enter clinical data, connect to patients, other physicians, and healthcare groups. Try the demo at www.practicefusion.com/demo Cost savings realized in transcription costs, chart pulls alone are estimated to be $1.7 billion.

President Bush has called for all US citizens to have EMR's by 2014. Practice Fusion is one pain-free solution for physicians to achieve that goal.

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