Check Out Practice Fusion's Swanky New Office...In One Of SF's Worst Neighborhoods

Practice Fusion

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Practice Fusion just relocated to the sketchiest neighbourhood of San Francisco, but their offices are some of the best we’ve seen.We visited the office last month right after they moved in — in fact, the second and third floors are still under construction.

Everything your doctor does on pen and paper Practice Fusion wants to do electronically through its free, web-based Electronic Health Record.

The service is free to private practices. At last count, there are more than 130,000 medical providers on the system including doctors, nurses, and front office staff.

Practice Fusion founder Ryan Howard went into massive debt starting the company, but when angels invested more than $36 million starting in April 2009, it was a turning point for the company.

Howard wants to “give everyone a birth to death record that they can access anytime, anywhere” and “be the de facto healthcare ecosystem that all patients use to access their health from and the platform that all devices leverage to access patients.”

The new offices of Practice Fusion are in the heart of the Tenderloin district -- a high crime hood in San Francisco. But startups who move into the area get tax breaks. Twitter and Zendesk are moving to the hood as well.

View of the kitchen. This serves the company's 130 employees.

Ryan Howard, the founder of Practice Fusion, stops to chat.

Howard mentions a recent message he got from a doctor.

So we showed up when it was happy hour on Friday afternoon.

Don't mind the robot that hit our foot.

It's empty. People have already started to make weekend plans.

But here, engineer Matthew O'Meara is hard at work.

Matthew Douglass is Practice Fusion's VP of Engineering. He coded the entire first iteration of the product himself.

Helen Phung takes a break from giving us a tour to play catch with the dog.

Some employees start unwinding in the kitchen with some beers.

Here are members of the support staff that provide phone, email, and live chat support for users all day. Left to right: Roman Klyuyev, Nicole Proulx, Richard Talmage, Monica Cuyong and Caty McKenna.

The offices are nice, but they're still under construction. Here's a hole looking onto the first floor.

The startup has passed $36 million in total funding -- which means they plan to use this second floor to grow.

Howard wants to set up a virtual clinic up here on the third floor.

That's the plan, anyway.

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