CNN Money calls Practice Fusion “the next tech goldmine” and Fast Company says it is “one of the most exciting game changers I can imagine.” A disruptive force in the medical sector, Practice Fusion has democratized healthcare by offering free technology to medical professionals and patients. With CEO, Ryan Howard’s leadership, Practice Fusion has created nothing short of a technology revolution in the doctor’s office.
Practice Fusion is the fastest growing Electronic Medical Record community in the US. Over 70,000 medical professionals – largely in small primary care practices – rely on the company’s free, web-based EMR system to serve a community of nine million patients.
When Ryan Howard founded Practice Fusion in 2005, the idea of an affordable, hosted EMR system for doctors was unheard of. The health IT sector was then dominated by large public companies offering $50,000 per physician, client-server software tailored to large hospitals. Howard quit his job and sold his house and his car to bootstrap the idea he so strongly believed in.
In 2009, Practice Fusion truly began its stratospheric growth. Howard solidified the free, ad-supported model and healthcare professionals flocked to the young EMR company that finally recognized the economic and workflow needs of small practices. The company’s user base grew 500% in both 2009 and 2010. Today, Practice Fusion employs over 60 people in San Francisco and is widely recognized as a force that forever changed the health technology landscape.