Practice Fusion, a leading cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform, joins a growing number of EHR vendors that have signed the interoperability pledge introduced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). While signing the HHS pledge represents an initial step for many EHR vendors on the path toward interoperability, Practice Fusion has been connecting disparate health IT systems for over 10 years.
“Interoperability is core to our mission: Connecting doctors, patients and data to drive better health and save lives,” said Tom Langan, CEO of Practice Fusion. “Since 2005, we’ve been focused on expanding our ability to aggregate clinical data and share it, helping to make healthcare better for everyone.”
As the largest cloud-based EHR platform, Practice Fusion commands a 6.5 percent share of the overall EHR market in the U.S.1, facilitating over five million patient visits a month. Practice Fusion also helps providers coordinate care within the largest healthcare ecosystem, which includes 600+ connected partners.
The success of the Practice Fusion platform demonstrates that the path to full interoperability in healthcare should include:
Building from the cloud up
As other companies are recognizing the benefits of having a cloud-based EHR and are just beginning to transition their platforms, Practice Fusion has been cloud-based since day one. “Cloud is in our DNA. Our cloud-based system allows us to be scalable and responsive so we can quickly grow and adapt to changing regulatory requirements and market dynamics,” stated Langan.
Building simple APIs
The health IT community should support current standards, such as HL7’s FHIR, DICOM for imaging studies, and IHE profiles to name a few, while advancing the state of interoperability by adopting even more open and unencumbered API standards. With over 600 connected partners and a still growing partner network, millions of transactions flow through the Practice Fusion platform every month. “Practice Fusion’s platform was designed to be composable, extensible and adaptable to allow us to interop with any partner through simple but powerful APIs, adapt over time to new technologies and device form factors, and new industry best practices,” said Langan. “Our partners benefit from our focus on simplicity and standards.”
Creating connections that matter
In its essence, interoperability is a means to an end: More informed providers lead to better outcomes for patients. “Interoperability should ultimately be about delivering the right health information at the right time, especially for providers,” stated Langan. “Patient care is getting more complex, often requiring the coordination of care and the exchange of detailed clinical information among multiple providers. Interoperability is not just a matter of efficiency, but is also critical for delivering optimal outcomes.”