Due to unresolved payment disputes between the two companies, patient portal vendor Medfusion announced that it has ended its business relationship with health IT vendor Allscripts. Medfusion, a partner since 2009, was providing the portal to approximately 30,000 Allscripts providers.
The Allscripts providers who use Medfusions portal technology will not experience any immediate lapse in service, according to the announcement, and they will be given an opportunity to secure direct service from Medfusion. Users of the portal technology electing to continue service with Medfusion will have access to their portal while their service is transferred during this critical time leading up to Meaningful Use enablement." Some practices are in Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program, in which a patient portal is necessary to comply with patient engagement criteria.
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