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Practice Fusion in DC for summit on interoperability

Posted on August 10, 2011 I Written By

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC. He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC in 2009. He can be contacted at

Recently had the pleasure of spending a great night out with our friends Emily Peters and Tom McMennamin at Practice Fusion.  After serving 22 patients in a very busy day for us yesterday, we had a blast at Ris since E & T were in town for a local conference to discuss the importance of EMR and EHR interoperability with major government institutions.  Various government reps were present for this two-day extravaganza of the minds, including those from the Social Security Administration.  Turns out that PF is working on developing many things, including a bridge to communicate important medical records electronically to the SSA efficiently when patients apply for disability benefits support.  I’ve completed two such requests for records recently in the past two weeks and it’s currently all on paper.  What a pain and how inefficient!

After a long first day at the conference, Emily and Tom were still alive and bursting with energy enough to meet up with several local area docs and practice managers to discuss the latest and greatest updates.  We got to ooh and ahh at all the progress in Practice Fusion’s ongoing meteoric rise over the past several years.  They are now around 100 employees and will be moving into a fantastic new larger space in San Francisco within the next few months to better accommodate their mission to provide a great EHR, EMR system with top-notch interoperability.  Go PF!

Dr. West is an endocrinologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  He completed fellowship training in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. West opened The Washington Endocrine Clinic, PLLC, as a solo practice in 2009.  He can be reached at

HIMSS 11 Keynote Speakers in Orlando

Posted on September 9, 2010 I Written By

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I’m not one to go to a lot of conferences. Although, I’ve been going to one all day today and tomorrow and it’s been quite interesting. Although, the best part has definitely been the in depth discussions about EHR that I’ve had with numerous attendees at the conference. More on that subject coming soon.

I’m also hoping to go to HIMSS 11 in Orlando. I had a great time at HIMSS 10 and I’d be remiss to not go to HIMSS 11. Let’s hope that I can find some sponsors for my coverage of HIMSS 11 to help offset the cost of the trip (any takers?). Here’s some links to find my coverage of HIMSS 11 on EMR and HIPAA and HIMSS 11 on EMR and EHR.

HIMSS just announced a couple of the keynote speakers for HIMSS 11. These are the 2 keynote speakers don’t necessarily specifically tie to healthcare in the traditional way:

Michael J. Fox – Popular actor and author Michael J. Fox shares his experiences as a patient and patient advocate.

Richard Boyd – Richard Boyd, expert in simulations for computer gaming, defense and film industries, will share his experiences with technologies used in the film “Avatar’ and their importance for the healthcare industry.

I must admit that I think Michael J. Fox will be a fascinating speaker. I’ll definitely be staying for that one. I don’t know Richard Boyd at all so we’ll see what happens with that one.

I’m definitely planning on approaching HIMSS in a very different way than I did last year. I had FAR too much scheduled time last year and tried to do too much. I’ll be freeing up my schedule this year to just discover new things and to have more quality time with great people than less time with more people. At least that’s the plan.

I know it’s early, but who’s planning on HIMSS 11?