The combined set of patient-to-provider online communication solutions provides added value to physicians and patients and creates the largest online network in the U.S.
Cary, NC and San Francisco, CA (Vocus) July 21, 2009 -- Medfusion, the leader in patient-to-provider online communication solutions, today announced that they have acquired Medem's iHealth suite of services for physicians and the iHealth Personal Health Record solution for patients.
"This is a very exciting opportunity for both Medfusion and our clients. This acquisition will accelerate the expansion of our patient communication platform and enable Medfusion to provide even more value to physicians and patients," said Steve Malik, founder and CEO of Medfusion. "With the ARRA stimulus funding nearly in place and the definition of "meaningful use" to include patient access and communication, patient portal technologies are a necessity for physician practices today. The acquisition of the iHealth services allows Medfusion to both broaden our solution offering and provide even more options for physicians to enhance communication with their patients."
Today, millions of registered patients communicate with over 20,000 physicians using Medfusion's online solutions. Online patient communication - or patient portals - is the fastest-growing segment of healthcare IT, with over 20,000 patients joining a Medfusion-hosted portal weekly. Patients can then communicate securely with their physicians for important tasks like appointment requests, prescription renewals, filling out paperwork … even conducting "e-visits." The days of being handed a clipboard with paperwork to fill out in the doctor's office - 30 minutes before a patient visit - are long gone. Virtually any type of communication between practice and patient is now available online, and being used extensively t
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