Free EMR Saves Orthopedic Surgeon’s Practice

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After losing $60,000 with another EMR, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Bronstein found everything he needed with Practice Fusion—at no cost.

Practice Fusion is basically tearing down the barriers for physicians, freeing up the doctor and the hospital to communicate at no additional cost

Orthopedic hand surgeon Andrew Bronstein, MD, decided to invest in a legacy Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to improve efficiency in his Las Vegas practice. After spending over $60,000 in hardware and software, the installation team never showed up. Bronstein soon discovered the EMR company was bankrupt and his health IT investment was gone. That’s when, in April 2010, Dr. Bronstein turned to Practice Fusion, a free, web-based EMR.

“Since it is free, I could try it out in the privacy of my home before I saw any patients. I was hooked within five minutes and within one week, our staff was up and running,” said Bronstein.

Dr. Bronstein is featured in a new video case study as one of the over 150,000 medical professionals already using Practice Fusion’s comprehensive EMR, which includes medical charting, scheduling, e-prescribing, lab integrations and more, all at no cost. Dr. Bronstein’s practice has since been able to go completely paperless, allowing him to manage patient records and quickly deliver patient care.

Practice Fusion’s free EMR is designed around an ad-supported business model unique in the health tech sector, where competitors charge upwards of $40,000 for software alone. Because the EMR is cloud-based, upgrades to the product are rapidly deployed and always free.

“It’s an absolutely invaluable software product, from how easy it is to implement to how robust it is compared to EMRs that cost tens of thousands of dollars,” said Dr. Bronstein. “There is no catch, it is just a wonderful system.”

Practice Fusion is also ONC-ATCB certified, allowing physicians to earn up to $44,000 in federal stimulus incentives for adopting and using the EMR system.

“Practice Fusion is basically tearing down the barriers for physicians, freeing up the doctor and the hospital to communicate at no additional cost,” said Dr. Bronstein. “They are really doing a service to doctors and healthcare as a whole with a more secure, better health record system for our country.”

To view the full video case study featuring Dr. Bronstein’s Las Vegas practice, please visit:

About Practice Fusion
Practice Fusion provides web-based, free EMR system to physicians. With medical charting, scheduling, e-prescribing (eRx), lab integrations, referral letters, Meaningful Use certification, unlimited support and a Personal Health Record for patients, Practice Fusion's EMR software addresses the complex needs of today's healthcare providers and disrupts the health IT status quo. Practice Fusion is the fastest growing Electronic Medical Record community in the country with more than 150,000 users serving 35 million patients. The company closed a $23 million Series B round of financing led by Founders Fund in 2011. For more information about Practice Fusion, please visit

Practice Fusion’s free EMR is ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified as a Complete EMR by Drummond Group, an ONC-ATCB approved to certify any complete or modular EMR both ambulatory and inpatient, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Practice Fusion version 2.0 was Stage 1 certified on June 2, 2011. The ONC certification ID number is 06022011-9528-6

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