Practice Fusion talks to Integrative Practitioners

On March 14th, I invited representatives from Practice Fusion to present the electronic health record to integrative health practitioners. Several acupuncturists and a couple of bodyworkers (myself included) attended the presentation, which included many questions from attendees.

Many thanks go to the crew from Practice Fusion for taking the time to present to this small group.

Videos from that presentation are embedded below the fold.

To view the playlist on YouTube

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A Dream of Creating a New Health Care Paradigm

Among my activities, I organize a Meetup group: San Francisco Integrative Health Networking. On September 30th, I held a meetup in which I described a bit about my dreams for the group. I recorded the meeting so that those who were interested, but unable to attend would still be able to see what was discussed. I am also looking for feedback to help refine these thoughts.

One person participated in the discussion with me, but did not wish to be on camera, so the video portion is just me.

I’ve embedded videos of the presentation & discussion below the fold.

Here’s the link to view this playlist on YouTube

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but have been waiting for some work-related changes to settle in. The short version is that I’m now working two new places in addition to my private home practice.

On March 6th, I had my first massage shift at UCSF’s Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center at Mission Bay. This is great for anyone who would prefer to see me in an office location rather than in my home office. I currently have regular shifts on Saturday’s from 2:30 to 7:30pm, Sunday’s from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and a sub shift Tuesday’s from 4:00 to 9:00pm (beginning April 6th). Gym members and UCSF students & staff may schedule online via the UCSF Fitness & Recreation Center website. Non-members may schedule by calling the Service Desk at (415) 514-4545.

UCSF Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center
1675 Owens Street San Francisco, CA 94158


Individual Services
30 minute 60 minute 90 minute
UCSF Students/Members
$34 $64 $90
Non-member UCSF Employee
$38 $72 $102
Non-member General Public
$45 $85 $120

Packages (purchase multiple packages and save)

3-Pack 60 minute 3-Pack 90 minute
UCSF Students/Members
$185 $257
Non-member UCSF Employee
$210 $291
Non-member General Public
$246 $342

On February18th, I began doing seated massage with On the Spot Massage at Whole Foods SoMa location in San Francisco. This is a great way for people to get a massage as a tune-up or a quick therapeutic treatment. I’m available Thursdays from 3:30 to 8:00pm. Appointments are on a walk-in basis only.

Whole Foods Market, SoMa
399 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Seated Massage Rates

5 Minute Tune-Up
10 Minutes
15 Minutes
20 Minutes
25 Minutes
30 Minutes


I’m continuing to test Practice Fusion‘s Electronic Health Record system as well as their Personal Health Record. I originally posted separately about that here. Having two new practice locations does change how I can implement it, not because of anything regarding the record system, but rather due to how things work at UCSF and with On the Spot Massage. If you’re interested in testing this EHR & PHR system with me in my private practice, sign up with me for 10 sessions of either 60 or 90 minutes each. I’ll discount these sessions as a package to $600 or $750 respectively, which can be paid in three installments of $200 or $250.

Finally, if you haven’t read my post on changes associated with the Chinese New Year back in February, take a moment to look at it. I think it’s a fun perspective on these changes in my professional life as well as on some on some of the volatility I’ve seen in events and the lives of people around me.

Testing an Electronic Health Record System for My Practice

For several years, I’ve maintained my massage practice records on a Tablet PC. I like being able to take my notes by hand, and once in a while include a rough sketch to note a specific problem area. My notes have been practical and functional for me, but are not a medical record.

Later this year, my goal is to turn my degree in Chinese medicine into a license to practice acupuncture. As both an acupuncturist and as a massage therapist, I want to be able to work with other health care providers where appropriate. I’d also like to see modalities like massage therapy and acupuncture better represented in mainstream quantitative and qualitative clinical research. In addition to their benefits in streamlining and improving patient care, Electronic Health Records (EHRs), also known as Electronic  Medical Records (EMRs) offer potential for improved communication between practitioners as well as expanded  research opportunities.

Many recent developments have made EHRs available to practitioners even if they don’t belong to a large  hospital or medical group. For me and others like me, the most significant development is that several vendors are offering high-quality, low-cost or even free EHRs. This gives me an opportunity to test EHR solutions for my massage practice even before I add acupuncture to my practice. This in turn presents an opportunity for new clients.

While I can’t offer free massage as incentive to help me test Electronic Health Records, I will offer special discount packages. I am looking for 10 new  clients who will commit to a package of 10 massage sessions of either one hour or 90 minutes each. The packages will be $600 or $750 respectively – savings of  $200 or $250. At this stage, I’m not looking for any special qualities other than a willingness to sample the EHR for 10 sessions.

If you are interested, you don’t have to make a  commitment without being comfortable with me and my message style. We will set up an initial appointment that will include an intake of about twenty minutes. The initial massage will essentially be an assessment like I would do for any new client, after which we will check in for a few minutes to give each of us the opportunity for feedback. Assuming you are comfortable with your massage experience, I will offer some details on what I hope to learn from the trial and what would be different from a regular massage appointment. You may then choose to participate in the trial or not. If you choose not to participate, you will still receive the discount on the single massage, saving $20 or $25 off the regular one hour or 90 minute rate as appropriate.

If you choose to participate, I would prefer that you pay for the package up front. I understand that might make it difficult for some who would otherwise be interested in participating. Among my goals with this trial is to evaluate some of the patient and practice management tools of the EHR. Having the 10 visit commitment makes that possible, and paying up front makes it more likely both parties will follow through on the commitment. If paying for ten visits at once is not possible for you, we might still be able to work together to include you by working out a payment plan.

For more information, feel free to use my Contact page to see how to contact me. If you would like to get started right away, you can use the Book Now link available on any page of my site.

For this trial, I will be testing Practice Fusion‘s Electronic Health Record, and hopefully it’s Personal Health Record (PHR) component as well. Practice Fusion’s EHR system is fully compliant with all relevant privacy laws, including HIPAA. Your personal information will be secure and will not be shared without your permission.