Practice Fusion Awarded as No. 1 EHR in Customer Satisfaction

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Practice Fusion has been awarded as the No. 1 EHR vendor in customer satisfaction for primary care specialties by Brown-Wilson’s annual Black Book Rankings.  The free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system earned top marks across criteria including overall performance, innovation, reliability, security and best of breed technology.  Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the US with 65,000 users serving 7 million patients.

Practice Fusion earned top EHR awards for General Practice, Family Practice, and Geriatric specialties over vendors NextGen, Greenway, eClinicalWorks and Allscripts.  The free EHR also received 31 #1 recognitions across 18 different scoring criteria for each of the four specialties, more top honors than any other EHR vendor, including:

  • No. 1 for Vendor Overall Preference/Vertical Industry Recommendations (GP, FP, Geriatrics)
  • No. 1 for Breadth of Offerings, Client Types, Delivery Excellence (GP, FP, Geriatrics)
  • No. 1 Reliability (GP, Geriatrics)
  • No. 1 for Brand Image and Marketing Communications (GP, FP, Geriatrics)
  • No. 1 for Support and Customer Care (GP, FP, Geriatrics)
  • No. 1 For Best of Breed Technology and Process Improvement (GP, FP, Geriatrics)

“This report proves that a free EHR absolutely can be the best EHR on the market. To be ranked No. 1 is an incredible honor and reflects the strength of our community and our team,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “Now, there is conclusively no reason for a doctor to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an EHR system when they can get the highest levels of customer satisfaction from Practice Fusion absolutely free.”

In the three years since the launch of the free, web-based EHR system, Practice Fusion has grown to become a leading force in the health IT sector. The company is focused on delivering easy-to-use technology to medical providers in small and mid-sized practices across the country, especially among primary care specialties. Practice Fusion’s EHR system includes charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, lab integrations and other key features to replace paper processes in the medical practice.

Practice Fusion’s Electronic Health Record system is available free to any medical provider in the country with no installation or downtime required. Medical providers can sign-up for Practice Fusion online at www.practicefusion.com/go in less than five minutes.

For additional insight on Practice Fusion’s ratings or to speak with a medical professional using the free EHR, please email helen@practicefusion.com.  The complete Family Practice EMR Software Vendors Report is available free through Practice Fusion. The other primary care specialty reports and the Black Book Rankings Top Primary Care Ambulatory EMR Software Vendors Buyers Report are available for purchase on Amazon.com.

About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to primary care physicians. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion’s EHR addresses the complex needs of today’s healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the country with more than 65,000 users serving 7 million patients. Physicians voted Practice Fusion as the No. 1 EHR in customer satisfaction for primary care in 2011 in Brown-Wilson’s Black Book Rankings.  For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.

***Dec. 14th and 15th: Live 2010 ONC Update

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Big day for Healthcare reform, The ONC, CMS and HHS…

The update will cover some of the most current issues in Medicare and Medicaid incentives, HITECH act and Health Information exchange.  There will probably be some announcements that will steer the discussions in 2011.

Go To: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/hhs/101214/default.cfm?test=0&live=1&type=flv 

gloStream’s gloEMR is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified

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gloStream’s gloEMR is One of First Electronic Medical Records Solutions to be ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certified.

Online PR News – 29-October-2010 – TROY, Mich. (OCT. 1, 2010) – gloStream announced today that gloEMR 6.0 Electronic Medical Record software is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“We remain dedicated to providing ambulatory physicians with Microsoft Office-based Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solutions that are flexible, easy to use and certified for purposes of the ARRA,” said Mike Sappington, gloStream’s CEO. “We want to help doctors become meaningful EMR users and receive their stimulus funding as quickly as possible, which is the reason we were one of the very first EMRs certified through an ONC-ATCB. Not only have we delivered on our stimulus guarantee, but we will also deliver an innovative stimulus dashboard within gloEMR that providers can use to view their performance against all meaningful use requirements.”

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About gloStream

gloStream provides doctors and healthcare facilities with certified, voice-enabled electronic medical record and practice management solutions delivered and supported through a nationwide community of local Healthcare IT Practices. gloStream products are secure, easy-to-use applications and the only solutions on the market with Microsoft Office built right in. gloStream Partners leverage gloDNA (“gloStream Detailed Needs Analysis”), an innovative implementation process that has given gloStream a 100 percent success rate. Every practice that has installed a gloStream application using gloDNA continues using it today. For more information, visit www.glostream.com or call 877-456-3671.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing.

ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

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Most viewers of EHR Scope are physicians and medical office managers, many of whom are becoming educated about the necessity of EHR implementation, and may not be completely up to date with some of the technical progress of the National Health Information Network (NHIN) since HITECH.  While the meaningful use final rules are shaping elements of incentive qualifications and penalty enforcement; when all is said and done, HIT work roles and workflows will be significantly changed as well.  Defined roles and qualifications for those required to handle personal health information (PHI) will be formed by the security requirements embedded in the National Health Information Network.  While these issues are more technical in nature, perhaps there are some of you out there with the ability to contribute to the public discussion while the ONC is listening. Continue reading: ONC Committee Work-groups and Tiger Team Want Your Input

Practice Fusion’s Free, Web-based EHR Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

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Small and mid-sized medical practices across the country have a free option for achieving Meaningful Use

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ — Practice Fusion, the fastest growing Electronic Health Record (EHR) community in the country, announced today that it is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and is certified as an EHR Module in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 Meaningful Use measures required to qualify eligible providers for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Continue reading: Practice Fusion’s Free, Web-based EHR Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

Demand for EMR Consulting Services Among Doctors and Hospitals Increases

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL (October 7, 2010) – Online Electronic Medical Record (EMR) comparison and consulting service company EHR Scope, LLC is reporting a rise in the demand for its EMR vendor matching services through EMRConsultant.com – as well as doctors’ reliance on EMR consulting. As physicians are often unsure about what they need from an EMR service, more and more practices and hospitals are finding consultation services necessary.

“Busy doctors” contribute to the rising popularity of EMR consulting services. Physicians spend their entire workdays seeing patients and simply do not have the time to perform the proper research. This, coupled with doctors having fewer employees due to the recent reimbursement cutbacks, is leaving many doctors with the same questions about which EMR is the correct one for their specialty and their office. As the right EMR system will improve organization, decrease staff workload, and streamline office functions, the lack of time greatly increases the importance of making the right decision through the purchase and proper implementation of an EMR system.

Choosing an EMR is even further complicated by new government-backed initiatives that provide funding to physicians who successfully adopt Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. New standards of certification – established by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009 – have changed the government’s level of involvement in EMR regulation. Additionally, it has changed the plans for the American healthcare system over the next few years and has made it difficult to stay fully informed. Qualification for government funding under the ARRA program requires a full awareness of its standards -including “meaningful use” – and hiring an EMR consultancy helps the practice or hospital make an informed decision.

Certification by third-party, government-appointed certification bodies has been introduced to help give physicians confidence when purchasing an EMR system. An updated list from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has been published recently and it includes the following approved certification bodies: Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT), the Drummond Group and InfoGard. The recent addition of two new certification bodies (InfoGard and Drummond Group) has created an even more challenging environment for physicians searching for EMR systems that are eligible for government funding. Active certification by one of these three certification bodies is just one of the requirements for “meaningful use” funding.

New legislation and busier-than-ever medical professionals can certainly make the task of selecting the right EMR service seem daunting, but seeking a service like EMRConsultant.com makes the switch to electronic medical records more manageable.

About EMRConsultant.com
EMRConsultant.com, a division of EHRScope LLC, provides medical professionals with a free, online consulting service to match their practice or hospital with the best EHR service for their needs. Started in 2004 by Eric Fishman, MD, the company is today one of the largest and most sophisticated EMR consulting services available. For more information, visit them online at www.emrconsultant.com.

Temporary Certification Program Launch Next Week

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Last week the ONC announces its final rule for the temporary certification program.  Thursday, Just 1st ,  the ONC will launch this certification program.

This means that this program will become available for non-for-profit organizations to apply to become authorized testers and certifiers of electronic health records.   The Certification Commission for Health IT (CCHIT) will be one of the first organizations to apply.

It is expected that the testing and certifying of the EHRs will begin end of summer, beginning of fall.

The reason for this temporary certification is so providers will be able to qualify for meaningful use in 2011 and is to expire at the end of the year.  Beginning January 1, 2011 the permanent certification will begin.