SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Practice Fusion, the country's largest physician-patient community, today launched its Population Health Management offering in collaboration with Merck (NYSE:MRK), a global healthcare leader committed to increasing access to health care for patients through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.
Practice Fusion's 112,000 monthly active medical professionals now have a real-time dashboard that compares each provider's patient population to those of other Practice Fusion providers, allowing them to actively track the percentage of their adult patients that have received select vaccinations based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This gives them a quantified view of their vaccination rates. During patient office visits, the program notifies providers within the EHR if a vaccine is recommended for that particular patient based on guidelines from the CDC.
"Merck is committed to supporting innovation in public health initiatives," said Sachin Jain, M.D. Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer, Merck. "We believe that Practice Fusion's platform is positioned to reach physicians across the country, and that programs like this will ultimately improve outcomes and lead to healthier patient populations."
According to Ryan Howard, founder and CEO, Practice Fusion, "Today the average doctor in the U.S. manages more than 2,000 patients whose health information is locked in a paper record. Most have no ability to look across their patients to see who is in need of CDC recommended vaccinations. With our visibility into 80 million patient visits this year, Practice Fusion now acts as a partner with our provider community to help in the identification of those patients that are recommended for vaccination while they are in the office, ultimately helping to improve care for millions of patients."
Practice Fusion is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare platform, with a mission of connecting doctors, patients and data to drive better health and save lives. A driving force in modernizing American health care, Practice Fusion is used by a community of 112,000 monthly active medical professionals serving 81 million patients. In April 2013, the company launched its consumer-facing platform, Patient Fusion, where patients can find and book appointments with doctors and access their medical records. The World Economic Forum recognized Practice Fusion as a Technology Pioneer for 2013. www.practicefusion.com