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EHR in the Cloud Portends Big Shift in HIT

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, February 4, 2014

Any EHR carries with it the threat of lock-in. The qualifying step for switching to the Practice Fusion EHR to get the free Chromebook involves converting the physician's e-prescribing credentials over to the Practice Fusion platform, from wherever else the practice has them. Or Practice Fusion can create credentials from scratch if necessary.

Practice Fusion offers standard assurances that all data put into the system can be exported one time, free of charge. (The company also loads data from any EHR at the start free of charge.) Still, no one, small practices least of all, likes to switch EHRs. So likely as not, once they sign up for this cloud-based service, physicians practices are not likely to leave any time soon, unless perhaps they're acquired by a larger practice or healthcare system.

Understanding the Business Model
And every time they hear about this something-for-nothing proposition, physicians have to wonder about the underlying business model, and what they're getting themselves into. When I put the question to Practice Fusion co-founder and vice president Matt Douglass, he first noted how the company has raised $150 million from venture capitalists. Now I know some of those VC companies. They're not always in it to make the world a better place. They expect a handsome return on their investment.

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2 comments on "EHR in the Cloud Portends Big Shift in HIT"


sushant.saraswat (2/11/2014 at 4:22 AM)
Last year has been very eventful for the Healthcare IT industry, with the widespread adoption of HIPPA, Hitech regulations and the approaching deadlines for Healthcare organizations to switch to EHRs have definitely led to some systems being implemented in a chaotic manner without due importance given to meaningful use, also aiding to this turmoil is the constantly changing regulatory landscape. Do let me know your views on this. For EHRs to be really transformational , one needs an system which is flexible, interoperable and can adapt to changing compliance requirements easily. Following up on this, I came across and registered for a webinar on Healthcare IT: Role of EDI in Affordable Care Act Reforms, it looks a promising one http://j.mp/1b4qJC3

Frank Poggio (2/5/2014 at 11:55 AM)
Free hardware, free conversion, almost free software. What a deal! Think about it, this marketing move says a lot about how the ARRA MU program has failed. After three years if the docs are still that reluctant to jump in that you have to entice them with big freebees while the govt gives them subsidies...then by all accounts it's a failed program. By the way if anyone really thinks these are freebees, I have a bridge...