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Practice Fusion Continues Growth of EHR Cloud-Based Platform

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the inking of its latest agreements, free EHR cloud-based solution developer Practice Fusion has exceeded 600 integrated partnerships through its network.

Theranos and RadNet are the latest additions to the EHR company’s network, the former a Palo Alto upstart that has successfully managed to gain two approvals from the Food and Drug Administration for blood tests outside of labs (and attracted media attention). The latter, meanwhile, provides ambulatory diagnostic imaging services at more than 250 sites.

"We are experiencing remarkable growth with enterprise partners as they can leverage one seamless point of connection to integrate with our community of over 112,000 active health care professionals," Practice Fusion CEO Tom Langan said in a public statement. "With nearly 1 million lab and imaging transmissions a month facilitated on the Practice Fusion platform, we are excited about the value that the Theranos and RadNet partnerships can help provide as we continue to be the nation's largest and fastest-growing healthcare platform."

In reaching the mark of 600 partnerships, the EHR company now boast of:

Over 470 integrated lab partner connections available on the Practice Fusion platform; a 30% increase since August 2014.

In one year, Practice Fusion has nearly doubled its network of imaging centers to over 144 connected imaging centers.

Over 150 hospital partners and health systems, either directly or through their accountable care organizations, have selected Practice Fusion to support their clinical integration and provider affiliation initiatives.

The move caps off a twelve-month period of rather aggressive. Earlier this year, Practice Fusion unveiled partnership agreements with Medi-Span, CoverMyMeds, and OptimizeRx  in March, February, and January, respectively. This is the same CoverMyMeds that recently announced an integration deal with Cerner for electronic prior authorization (ePA) in the last seven days.

Electronic prescribing is one of the EHR company’s areas of focus as far as strategic partnerships are concerned. Last year, Practice Fusion inked deals with Quest Diagnostics, Vitals, and Emdeon to bolster its burgeoning network.

All the partnering work meshes with the EHR company’s vision for health IT integration.

“The biggest single problem in the space is not deployment of EHRs,” Practice Fusion Founder and Chairman of the Board Ryan Howard told EHRIntelligence.com earlier this year. “It is sending data back and forth whether it’s for quality and accountable care or sharing data with a payer or a lab or other doctors,” said Howard. “In every spirit of this, data from EHR needs to be shared with another EHR system.”

This in turn harmonizes well with Practice Fusion’s vision for population health management.

“Population health management in addition to the electronic health records role in enabling telemedicine will all be key in the marketplace. Unless you have the patient’s record which only exists in the EHR, then there will be very little value on the telemedicine platform,” Howard added.

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