SOURCE: Medsphere Systems Corporation

January 07, 2010 08:00 ET

New Medsphere Partnerships Promote Widespread Adoption of Electronic Health Records

Open Source Health IT Provider Partners With NITHealth, Acacia Group and M*D Resources

NEW YORK, NY; CHICAGO, IL; SAN DIEGO, CA and FRESNO, CA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open source healthcare enterprise solutions, announced new partnerships with Network Infrastructure Technologies (NIT) Health, Inc., The Acacia Group LLC and M*D Resources, Inc., to promote, implement and support the company's OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) solution among healthcare facilities throughout the country.

Medsphere will work with NITHealth, an East Coast healthcare technology service provider, to promote the study and widespread adoption of electronic health records in New York, New Jersey and Florida. As part of this effort, NITHealth will serve as East Coast partner for Medsphere's Academic Incubator Program, which promotes the use of OpenVista in clinical informatics curriculum at medical and nursing schools.

"Our new partnership with Medsphere is exciting on several levels," explained NITHealth President and CEO Lior Blik. "As providers search for affordable, reliable alternatives to proprietary software systems, Medsphere, as the healthcare open source leader, is well positioned to lead that industry transformation. Moreover, the low cost and proven effectiveness of its OpenVista solution equips hospitals to reduce expenses, increase revenue and prepare for meaningful use and federal stimulus. This partnership is crucial to NITHealth's plans in New York, New Jersey and Florida."

NITHealth is currently implementing OpenVista at Hoboken University Medical Center in Hoboken, N.J. They also plan to use it in a clinical administration and technical training program for the Borough of Manhattan Community College (part of a Department of Labor grant to develop a hospital certificate program).

Medsphere also recently signed an agreement with The Acacia Group LLC in Chicago, a comprehensive business resilience solutions provider, to be Medsphere's OpenVista sales and implementation partner in the Greater Chicago area.

"The OpenVista system is a tremendous addition to Acacia's existing portfolio of products and services," said Acacia Group Founder and President Guthrie Adams. "Acacia can now tout a proven low-cost health IT solution that most physicians have used in their VA training and are ready and willing to use again."

A third partnership teams Medsphere with M*D Resources, Inc., a healthcare business development and sourcing company based in Fresno, Calif.

"More than ever, healthcare executives must keep track of their bottom line," said J. Greg Eisele, FACHE, president and CEO of M*D Resources. "Our partnership with Medsphere further enables us to meet and exceed the needs of our customers by extending Medsphere's value proposition: increased revenue, decreased operating expenses and guaranteed meaningful use. We know this will attract a large number of hospitals."

Noted Medsphere President and CEO Michael Doyle: "Each of these partnerships represents a natural symbiosis designed to enhance the experience of our customers. We are very pleased to be partnering with NITHealth, the Acacia Group and M*D Resources. We commend their leaders for having the vision to join us as we work to transform healthcare into an efficient and evidence-based industry where best practices are the norm, and errors and inefficiency the exception."

Added Walter Groszewski, Medsphere's vice president for business development: "We expect these agreements to be just the first of many strategic partnerships as Medsphere continues to ramp up quickly to help American healthcare organizations qualify for approximately $20 billion in federal stimulus funds."

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the federal government is incentivizing hospitals and clinical practices to achieve meaningful use of EHRs with the intent of improving care and controlling costs. Medsphere will announce additional partnerships as details become available.

About NITHealth

Established in 2001 and headquartered in New York City, NITHealth offers customizable and cost-effective healthcare IT implementation services for the healthcare industry. The New York-based firm helps clients achieve business leadership objectives by lowering cost and maximizing performance of their IT systems while improving patient care. EHR implementation, service support and training is a key specialty; other offerings include clinical application implementation, IT staff outsourcing, managed services, help-desk services, network and systems security, and healthcare network management. Visit www.nithealth.com.

About The Acacia Group

An infrastructure-based company that offers disaster recovery/business continuity and hosting products and services, Chicago-based Acacia Group LLC provides customers with comprehensive business resilience solutions. The company's proprietary products and services were designed to meet the rapidly growing need for information storage, information security, voice and data transport, and digital information regulatory compliance. The Acacia 360 Platform™ features seven core products and services architected specifically to solve the growth, regulatory compliance, risk mitigation needs of the business enterprise. Visit www.acacia-llc.com.

About M*D Resources

Established in 1998, M*D Resources is a business development and consultative sourcing company led by healthcare advisors and resource connectors with extensive hands-on management experience at some of the leading edge healthcare organizations in the United States. The company helps clients realize meaningful differences in profitability and performance through partnerships with leading service providers. Visit www.mdresources.net.

About Medsphere and OpenVista

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an award-winning organization of clinical and technology professionals working to make quality health IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere's OpenVista® is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services that leverages an electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This VistA EHR is widely credited with helping transform the VA into the nation's most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. OpenVista, the most fully commercialized VistA offspring, is a responsible reapplication of the VA's $8.5 billion investment.

Medsphere's subscription-based pricing model enables its hospital, clinic and integrated delivery network customers to pay for OpenVista from their operating budget with no upfront costs or back-end balloon payments. Expert implementation and other services facilitate fluid and rapid transition to a paperless clinical environment focusing on best practices and evidence-based medicine in six to nine months. Medsphere also actively nurtures the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem, a global community of customers, partners, developers and other online collaborators who drive OpenVista innovation, and provide a parallel development and support structure.

Learn about Medsphere at medsphere.com and the Ecosystem at medsphere.org. Click here for trademark info.

Contact Information

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    Medsphere
    Carol Somer
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    Medsphere: Schwartz Communications
    Lily Eng or Thea Lavin
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    NITHealth: Stanton Communications
    Angela Ruggiero
    212-616-3601
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