Practice Fusion asked health and technology experts to share their thoughts on what the next year has in store for healthcare

( – SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14, 2011 — This past year was full of surprises, from the health information technology hiring boom to the popularity of tablets in medical practices across the country. Practice Fusion, the fastest growing Electronic Health Record (EHR) community in the United States with over 130,000 users reaching over 27 million patients, asked key experts in healthcare and technology to share their predictions for 2012.

The next twelve months are shaping up to be a ground-breaking year for the healthcare sector. Expert predictions for next year highlight the convergence of healthcare and mobile; clinical data being used to find the best treatment option; and continued adoption of EHRs as deadlines for Meaningful Use arrive.

Predictions for 2012 in the Health Information Technology Sector:

— Regina Holliday, Patient Rights Arts Advocate: “In 2012, I predict health IT awareness filtering down to our youngest patients. More apps will be designed in the world of mobile health that cater to the needs of children. In brick and mortar stores, we will see doctor play-sets combine the classic treatment tools with the tools of technology.”

— Shadee Giurgius, Medical Student and Office Manager at Moataz K.Giurgius MD, Inc., Adult & Geriatric Psychiatry Corporation: “Our practice would still be debating the jump to EHR in 2012 if we hadn’t found a free option with Practice Fusion. Finding a free solution is the reason that our 3,120 patients enjoy our new efficiencies and less-prone-to-error workflow. As the office manager, I expect to see our processes speed up which will allow us to provide faster and better medical care for our patients.”

Robert Rowley, MD, Medical Director at Practice Fusion: “In health IT, interoperability (having different practice locations be able to share data back and forth) will be the center of attention. Traditional health information exchanges (HIE) will struggle, both technologically and from lack of small practice subscribers. Sharing the platform directly will outstrip other methods as a quick and effective way of sharing information between different locations of care.

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