Today an agreement was announced with Salesforce.com investing in Practice Fusion, the free EMR that is supported by advertising. I remember back when the company started out, there were reservations, but it appears things are working well with e-prescribing even coming online next month. Profits of a million a year are not bad either. BD
The tech industry’s push into health care continues today, with word that Salesforce.com is investing in Practice Fusion, a closely held company in the electronic medical records business.
Practice Fusion already uses that model, and lots of the bigger, better known electronic medical records companies are offering that sort of thing as well. Howard told us that, under the deal, Practice Fusion’s EMR will reside on Salesforce.com’s cloud.
More broadly, lots of tech companies have been trying to grow their presence in health care. To name a few, Google and Microsoft have launched personal health records, which allow patients to store their own health data; Cisco and UnitedHealth recently announced a telemedicine project; and Intel and GE teamed up on a system to allow doctors to monitor patients at home.