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LAS VEGAS - The days of paper-based medical records are numbered as technology takes over. Many physicians are now switching to electronic medical records for free.

One hundred and fifty thousand medical professionals have decided to use the services of Practice Fusion - a free, web-based electronic medical records system.

Physicians like Dr. Andrew Bronstein, a Las Vegas orthopedic hand and microvascular surgeon, made the switch two years ago to Practice Fusion.

Electronic systems can get expensive, costing as much as $50,000 per doctor, but Practice Fusion makes money off its advertising. The product is free to the doctor.

"It's challenging for physicians these days with the technology constantly changing, and we're thankful that there are software systems out there like Practice Fusion to help us make that transition," Dr. Bronstein said.

The Bronstein Hand Center knows about the pains of switching to electronic medical records. Dr. Bronstein lost a $70,000 investment, and the company he planned on using went bankrupt on the first day of installation.

With Practice Fusion, he says he can access his files anywhere with an Internet connection.

The system serves 50 million patients nationwide.

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