“As a Family Nurse Practitioner making house calls, I visit around 10 patients a day, so having Practice Fusion on my iPad is really critical to how I deliver care." - Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, NP, New Orleans, LA
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2011
Nurse Practitioners serve an increasingly vital role on the front lines of US primary care. Both in traditional clinical settings and on the frontier of telemedicine and house call-based practice, Nurse Practitioners are helping the healthcare system evolve.
A recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report urged expanding the role of Nurse Practitioners to meet the increased demand for primary care. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 32 million new patients will be accessing the health care delivery system. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020.
Thousands of Nurse Practitioners across the US use Practice Fusion’s free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) platform, currently the fastest growing EHR community. These paperless medical professionals utilize the latest technology to treat patients in a wide range of clinical settings. Here’s what they are saying:
- “As a Family Nurse Practitioner making house calls, I visit around 10 patients a day, so having Practice Fusion on my iPad is really critical to how I deliver care. Not only am I more efficient and accurate, but my patients have the added confidence of seeing their labs and charts with me in their homes, knowing I have their entire health record at my fingertips.” - Scharmaine Lawson-Baker, NP, New Orleans, LA
- "Dr. McCallum and I are so happy with the progress our practice has made since moving forward with implementing EMR. Practice Fusion was easy to learn, easy to modify to our own specifications and the new features that are continuously being added just make it better and better. Adding e-Prescribing has now saved several steps that translate into more available time.” - Kelie Mercier, NP, Redding , CA
- "This product is too good to be true! I just got off the phone with an account manager and he was awesome. Thanks Practice Fusion for being innovators in the healthcare industry.” – Joel Kay, NP, Alamo Heights, TX
- See a video of Nurse Practitioner, Raymond Zakhari making house calls in New York City.
In 2008, there were an estimated 158,348 certified Nurse Practitioners, an increase from 141,209 in 2004, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington’s goals for health IT adoption within five years will require support and cooperation of this growing community to help drive the transformation.
“It is encouraging to see the innovative care Nurse Practitioners are providing to patients today,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “These hardworking medical providers are helping lead the charge in both primary care and health technology. Today, they’re giving us a preview of the future of medicine.”
National Nurses Week is celebrated annually starting May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides a free, web-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to nurse practitioners. With charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, billing, lab integrations, referral letters, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion's EHR addresses the complex needs of today's healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing EHR community in the country with more than 80,000 users serving 10 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in April 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit practicefusion.com.