On November 13, Practice Fusion announced the beta launch of its EHR for the iPad. Its limited release will be available to medical providers on a first-come, first-served basis. It lets clinicians view schedules, browse past patient medical records, record vitals and document patient visits. It's designed to work in tandem with Practice Fusion's Web-based EHR.
Users can login to both systems simultaneously and data is updated in real time across the Practice Fusion network. Company CEO Ryan Howard said that on the doctor side, Practice Fusion' s product is free. "There's no cost or licensing, hosting, training or support -- in contrast, most of the guys out there are as much as $300 a month," Howard said. Also, he noted, there is nothing to install because the device is Web based. "If you're a doc, we can get you registered today -- validate your identity, turn on e-prescribing, connect you to 70,000 pharmacies [and] hundreds of labs, and we can have all of that done today, where [for] most of our competitors it can take up to eight months."