Obamacare Patients Get New Mobile Doctor Search

PRACTICE FUSION LOGO Patient Fusion, the online health platform, today launched mobile medical appointment booking. Patients can find and instantly book medical appointments on-the-go from their smartphone or tablet devices. This free feature will be available for the estimated 14 million newly-insured Americans to use when they are looking for doctors at the beginning of next year. The influx of patients to the healthcare system could create major patient competition to see primary care providers, who are already in short supply.Patients are already seeking technology to help them find doctors and make health decisions. 43% of tablet or smartphone owners reported being “very” or “extremely” interested in booking appointments with their doctor online in a recent Harris Interactive/HealthDay survey. This demand will grow as newly-insured patients start to search for doctors in the wake of health reform.

“Obamacare requires innovative technology if it is going to succeed,” said Ryan Howard, CEO of Practice Fusion. “14 million patients will soon be asking themselves where they can go to get quality care with their new insurance. We’re answering that question with thousands of highly reviewed doctors that patients can book appointments with anytime–and now, from any device.”

With nearly 30,000 doctor profiles and over 1.8 million verified patient reviews, Patient Fusion is the nation’s largest doctor appointment booking site.

Key facts

—  Patient Fusion’s new responsive interface makes it easy to search for
doctors and book appointments on any computer, tablet or smartphone
—  Nearly 14 million patients will be newly insured and looking for doctors
as of Jan. 1, 2014, according to the Congressional Budget Office
—  There is an anticipated shortfall of as many as 45,000 primary care
providers in the next decade, according to the Association of American
Medical Colleges
—  With Obamacare’s guarantee of copay-free preventative care, patients who
currently have private insurance will also increase demand on primary
care providers next year
—  According to a May Harris Interactive / HealthDay survey, 45% of
smartphone or tablet users want to use their device to book
appointments, more than any other medical task
In addition to using their mobile phone, computer or tablet to search for local doctors by specialty, read verified patient reviews, and request appointments, patients can also access their medical records in real-time through Patient Fusion.

To learn more about Patient Fusion or to book an appointment with a doctor today, visit www.patientfusion.com.

About Patient Fusion

Patient Fusion is the best place to find and book an appointment with a doctor and instantly access your health records with nearly 30,000 verified providers in the US. Patient Fusion addresses the needs of today’s patients, empowering them to take control of their personal health and medical spending through revolutionary technology, completely free of charge. Patient Fusion is the next step in the evolution of Practice Fusion’s free, web-based electronic health record (EHR) platform, the nation’s largest doctor-patient community. For more information about Patient Fusion, please visit www.patientfusion.com.

SOURCE  Patient Fusion

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