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Practice Fusion Partners with Healthagen's Practice iQ to Help Physician Groups Perform as ACOs
Date:1/13/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Practice Fusion, the country's largest physician-patient community, today announced an agreement with Practice iQ to help independent primary care doctors adopt electronic health record (EHR) technology, deploy effective care management programs, and improve their population health capabilities by integrating sophisticated data analytics within the EHR workflow. As medical organizations throughout the country prepare for new models of care, like Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs), this agreement will create a truly advanced technology solution that can help doctors dramatically improve their effectiveness in managing both the cost and quality of patient care.

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ACOs and PCMHs can significantly improve both the quality and cost effectiveness of health care across the U.S.  However, while the shift to these more innovative care models supports improved patient outcomes, they also require doctors to make changes in their workflow and employ technology that provides more complete and actionable information regarding their patient populations. Combining the Practice Fusion EHR and the health care technology from Practice iQ helps to ensure doctors receive the clinical information they need at the time they need it most within their current workflow.

"As we move to an analytic-based model of health care in the United States, it's crucial to support the providers on the front line of medicine," said Ryan Howard, CEO and founder of Practice Fusion. "With one in three doctors in the Practice Fusion community participating in at least one value-based care initiative, this agreement will combine our best-in-class EHR with Practice iQ's leading suite of population health technology and services."

Practice iQ, a Healthagen business within Aetna, offers a suite of payer-neutral care management, integrated health care technology and business services to help independent physician groups operate and succeed with a range of value-based reimbursement models.  Included among the resources these groups need to transition from volume to value are population health management tools that allow doctors to monitor the health of their whole patient population and improve care quality. With Practice Fusion's user-friendly, free web-based EHR, doctors migrating to a value-based care model have a simple, digital platform with built-in connectivity to the tools powering their ACO or PCMH.

"Practice iQ understands the pressures faced by independent physicians as the health care environment shifts from volume-based to value-based care," said Brian Parker, president of Practice iQ. "Adapting to this new model can seem overwhelming, but Practice iQ is dedicated to helping doctors navigate through the changes and emerge successful. Working with Practice Fusion, we can deliver care coordination information to doctors within their current EHR workflow to streamline the process and improve their success."

Key details:

  • Practice Fusion has teamed up with Practice iQ to provide an affordable easy way for a group of primary care physicians to participate in value-based reimbursement and benefit from health reform
  • Practice iQ provides technology, care management programs and services, and additional resources to guide practices through their transition to value-based care
  • 100,000 medical professionals are active on Practice Fusion each month, many of whom are part of the smaller, independent practices that Practice iQ aims to help

For more information or to speak to a practice using Practice Fusion, contact Margaret Farrell at mfarrell@practicefusion.com and media@practicefusion.com.

About Practice iQ

Practice iQ, a Healthagen business, enables independent physician organizations to operate in value-based care models using its suite of payer-neutral care management, integrated health care technology and business services.  Practice iQ is dedicated to improving quality, reducing costs and engaging patients in their health care.  Learn more at www.PracticeiQ.com.

About Practice Fusion

Practice Fusion is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare platform, with a mission of connecting doctors, patients and data to drive better health and save lives. A driving force in modernizing American health care, Practice Fusion is used by a community of 100,000 monthly active medical professionals serving 80 million patients. In April 2013, the company launched its consumer-facing platform, Patient Fusion, where patients can find and book appointments with doctors and access their medical records. The World Economic Forum recognized Practice Fusion as a Technology Pioneer for 2013. www.practicefusion.com.

Practice Fusion Contact:
Margaret Farrell
415-992-7534
mfarrell@practicefusion.com
 
Practice iQ Contact:
Sherry Sanderford
904-351-4592
sanderfords@aetna.com


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