Practice Fusion, a SaaS and ad-driven set of applications targeted at the medical market has just released a a suite of applications that they're billing as "Google Apps" for doctors. I've written about Practice Fusion before and how it's a really great example of an RIA that's aimed at the field of medicine. As part of the suite today they're releasing a Practice Management app, a Scheduling app, Secure Email, and Patient Management. Four tools that are indispensable for doctors.
The practice management app seems to be the hub of the suite. It's what the doctor first sees and allows them to control and manage most part of their jobs. They can view patient data, communicate between staff, and look at a list of who has paid their bills. The scheduler is a pretty standard scheduling application but it provides automatic notifications to patients and lets you view the schedules for everyone in the office in one screen. The secure email lets doctors send messages to staff without having to go through typical email channels which can be subject to spam or other nonsense. Finally, the patient management lets you see all of your patient data in one place where you can adjust and make changes to any record which then occurs across the system - even with other doctors who are looking at that patient. It lets you quickly collaborate and add information to patients in a way that's valuable.
I continue to like Practice Fusion's business model. I think the medical field is one of the more lucrative areas that can benefit heavily from a dose of RIA. The fact that Practice Fusion uses Flex is also cool for me as an Adobe evangelist but I think the stuff they're doing goes beyond any one technology. They're showing how you can offer a free, valuable service to an industry in need of a solution. They've wrapped that solution in a great rich Internet application with quality user interface, good deployment, and easy access.