The American Academy of Family Physicians has partnered with software vendor HealthFusion to offer its 120,900 members a cloud-hosted, single platform electronic health record system that includes practice management and patient portal software, as well as claims clearinghouse services.
The partnership is not a formal endorsement of San Diego-based HealthFusion, which was formed by family physicians 17 years ago and has 26,000 users. AAFP has not negotiated a price for its members and will not receive any funds resulting from sales, says Craig Doane, senior vice president of journal media and strategic partnerships at the association. AAFP, he adds, is simply telling members this is a family practice friendly package they should take a look at. HealthFusion will be an exhibitor at the associations annual conference, the 2015 AAFP Family Medicine Experience.
About 75 percent of AAFP members actively use an EHR and up to 25 percent of them potentially are not happy with their current records system, Doane estimates. The subscription-based HealthFusion EHR, called MediTouch and certified for Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program, is compatible with Apple and Windows mobile and desktop products. The EHR being offered to AAFP members has been customized to support family practice patterns.
HealthFusion has had similar partnerships with other organizations in the past, including the American Osteopathic Association, American Podiatric Medical Association and multiple local associations, among others, says Sol Lizerbram, chairman of the company. The vendor gets a lot of EHR replacement business and for an organization the size of AAFP has ramped up to prepare for increased opportunities, he adds.
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