Vendor Notebook: Practice Fusion brings social media to its EMR

Practice Fusion has launched a HIPAA-compliant messaging feature within its EMR to enable physicians, nurses and medical providers to communicate with colleagues outside their practices. Officials say the service replicates intuitive social media-style messaging to improve medical collaboration and ensure the continuity of patient care.


GE Healthcare announced it has received FDA clearance of Q.Freeze, one of the PET/CT quantitative imaging technologies designed to enable treatment evaluation earlier in a patient’s cancer treatment. Q.Freeze combines the quantitative benefits of 4D phase-matched PET/CT imaging, MotionMatch, into a single static image.


Intelligent InSites announced that its InSites Connect RTLS mobility solution is now available in Apple’s App Store. This solution will enable healthcare providers to improve their workflow processes, positively impacting quality of care and increasing staff satisfaction. InSites Connect for the iPhone enhances the use of real-time location information and other workflow-related messaging to improve staff efficiency at the point-of-care.

Welch Allyn announced its corporate headquarters in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The company recently completed a four-year, $35 million expansion and renovation project at its State Street facility-home to over 1,200 employees.

Crowell Systems and nSpire Health have announced a bi-directional interface connecting patient electronic records to pulmonary lung testing equipment. This interface is a valuable tool for allergy and asthma doctors, officials say. All of the information generated from the spirometer each time the patient is tested is now stored into Medformix. The historic results are graphed to illustrate the patient's trending over time.

NextGen announced an agreement with Minnesota Eye Consultants to deploy NextGen Ambulatory EHR and NextGen Practice Management across its enterprise. The ophthalmology group joins a growing number of eye clinics currently served by NextGen Healthcare, including more than 500 ophthalmology practices nationwide, representing more than 52 percent of the market.


WebPT announced a new revenue cycle management service in addition to its EHR system for physical therapists. Leveraging a team of deeply experienced billing specialists; WebPT is now offering a complete, turnkey solution to make billing and collections more efficient. Electronic documentation of billable services and demographics will flow directly from the WebPT EHR system to a dedicated billing team, which will handle claims processing, reimbursement management and accounts receivable.