Cloud-based EHR vendor Practice Fusion has purchased Ringadoc, a cloud-based multi-platform answering service.

Practice Fusion executives said the acquisition gives the company a springboard for entry into the telemedicine market.

Founded in Los Angeles in 2010, Ringadoc has attracted seed funding from FF Angel, Wavemaker Partners, and Telegraph Hill Capital. The company offers an automated, cloud-based answering service that allows doctors to instantly access and respond to after-hours messages via web browser and Android or Apple iOS mobile applications.

In addition, Practice Fusion says Ringadoc increases office efficiency by giving doctors the ability to triage patient calls, centralize communications, and manage their patient population. Ringadoc’s service will integrate into Practice Fusion’s cloud-based EHR for healthcare professionals.

“There are three things necessary to make telemedicine possible: doctors, patients and data--and Practice Fusion’s EHR has all of these at scale,” said Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard. “Ringadoc was a natural fit for us and will advance development of our full-fledged telemedicine platform, which could translate to avoiding millions of in-person trips to see a doctor for everything from a fever to a potential concussion.”

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