SOURCE: Medsphere Systems Corporation

September 16, 2009 08:00 ET

Blue Mountain Hospital to Achieve Meaningful Use Through Implementation of Medsphere's OpenVista EHR System

Proven Open Source Solution Goes Live in Months, Not Years, to Rapidly Improve Patient Care at New Regional Acute Care Facility

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open source healthcare IT solutions, today announced the successful implementation of OpenVista, the company's flagship electronic health record (EHR) at the 11-bed Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding, Utah. Proven to enable meaningful use of health IT by positively impacting patient mortality rates and improving overall clinical outcomes, OpenVista's deployment at Blue Mountain Hospital is a model for how vitally important rural hospitals can improve care by quickly deploying a comprehensive EHR system.

"Blue Mountain is a state-of-the-art facility on the forefront of the healthcare industry's move towards improving care by digitizing medical records," said Lorin MacKay, chief executive officer at Blue Mountain Hospital. "We recognized the value of an EHR system in improving patient care some time ago, and with Medsphere supporting and assisting us, Blue Mountain is proud to now offer the best of technology and medical care to our community."

OpenVista's flexible open source technology enables Medsphere to tailor the solution to the specific and evolving needs of Blue Mountain, which offers crucial medical services to residents of the Four Corners region encompassing sections of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.

"Traditionally, EMR implementations take years and require great financial and personnel resources. Medsphere is proud to work with Blue Mountain to demonstrate that health IT can be both affordable and available in months, not years," said Michael J. Doyle, president and CEO of Medsphere. "Every hospital needs to have an EHR. The deployment by Blue Mountain of OpenVista proves that any hospital in the country regardless of size can afford the most widely and successfully deployed EHR in the world."

The implementation of OpenVista at Blue Mountain will give clinicians access to computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and clinical documentation functionality, along with clinical IT support for laboratory, radiology, pharmacy and nutrition services. At Blue Mountain, Medsphere also installed Fidelity Information Service's (FIS) GT.M, the leading open source implementation of MUMPS, enabling significant cost savings and a fully open source technology stack. Medsphere's deployment of OpenVista on GT.M enables benefits for both customers and developers in the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem.

"We are delighted that Medsphere chose GT.M for the OpenVista implementation at Blue Mountain," said K.S. Bhaskar, senior vice president for Fidelity Information Services. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with an organization that understands so well how open source software empowers the user. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Medsphere for a long time to come, and to helping bring state-of-the-art electronic medical records to the patients of Blue Mountain."

This year has been significant for EHRs and open source healthcare IT solutions nationally. Blue Mountain's OpenVista implementation follows West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) call earlier this year for the use of proven open source EHRs to improve patient care in all U.S. hospitals. As hospitals nationwide evaluate federal assistance for the implementation of digital patient records through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Blue Mountain is a model for demonstrating meaningful use through rapid implementation and efficient integration of technology and medical care.

Medsphere's OpenVista is the commercialized version of the VistA EHR created and developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over 20 years ago and credited with helping turn the agency into a national leader in quality patient care. Using open source code available from the VA through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), OpenVista can be implemented much more quickly and affordably than comparable vendor proprietary solutions.

About Blue Mountain Hospital

Blue Mountain Hospital is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to construct and operate a 45,000 square foot critical access hospital in Blanding, Utah. The new facility is designed with the latest medical technology to provide primary and acute care services to the diverse residents of the Four Corners region. The hospital has an operating suite containing two operating rooms, emergency department, three labor delivery rooms, state-of-the-art diagnostic center, renal dialysis, clinics, pharmacy, and physical therapy. In addition, the facility has a Native American Traditional Medicine Center, which was designed with collaborative input from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Navajo Tribe Chapters on the Utah strip. The unique design of the facility enables future expansion plans to be implemented without compromising medical service.

About GT.M

Fidelity Information Service's (FIS) GT.M is the system of record for tens of millions of bank accounts around the world. With a solid reputation for robustness, scalability and security, GT.M is now also increasingly being adopted for use in healthcare. The open source licensing model for GT.M on Linux removes barriers to its use, and the availability of commercial support with assured service levels from FIS, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, provides the certainty healthcare IT leaders need when choosing a platform for patient medical records. For more information, visit http://fis-gtm.com

About Medsphere and OpenVista

As a disruptive force in healthcare information technology, Medsphere is revolutionizing the industry by delivering commercially supported open source software based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' proven VistA EHR. The product of 20-plus years of development and more than $8 billion invested, VistA enabled the transformation of the VA into the nation's most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. Currently VistA contains roughly 2.1 billion clinical documents, 2.76 billion orders, and 1.51 billion images. As the commercialized version of VistA, Medsphere's OpenVista is a portfolio of products and professional services for hospitals, clinics and integrated delivery networks. OpenVista is currently used by over 20,000 individuals, including 2,500 physicians and contains hundreds of thousands of medical records. Medsphere addresses healthcare's capital constraints through an innovative business model:

--  A unique subscription-based pricing model minimizes upfront costs.
--  The Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem and Medsphere.org portal
    coordinate a unique grassroots community of customers/subscribers, partners
    and developers driving OpenVista innovation and providing a parallel
    development and support structure.
--  Medsphere's experienced team of healthcare technology professionals
    and unique suite of implementation tools deliver a fluid transition to a
    comprehensive healthcare information technology solution.
    

Founded in 2002, Medsphere is backed financially by Azure Capital Partners, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners and EPIC Ventures (formerly the Wasatch Venture Fund). Medsphere clients include Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland, Texas; West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR); Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs, Wyoming; Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; Silver Hill Hospital, New Canaan, Connecticut; Blue Mountain Hospital, Blanding, Utah; and the federal government's Indian Health Service. For more information, visit http://www.medsphere.com and http://www.medsphere.org.

Contact Information

  • Contacts
    Blue Mountain Hospital
    Lorin C. MacKay
    CEO
    (435)-678-3993

    Medsphere Systems
    Rick Jung
    Chief Operating Officer
    (760) 692-3742 office
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    Media
    Lily Eng and Thea Lavin
    Schwartz Communications for Medsphere
    (415) 512-0770
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