SOURCE: Medsphere

Medsphere

August 19, 2009 15:43 ET

Louisiana's Beauregard Memorial Hospital Selects Medsphere's Health IT Solutions

Leading Open Source Provider and Key Regional Hospital to Implement OpenVista EHR, Processes and Workflows in Time to Achieve Meaningful Use and Maximize Federal Stimulus Funds

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - August 19, 2009) - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open source healthcare enterprise solutions, today announced that Beauregard Memorial Hospital, a 60 bed, acute care and community hospital in DeRidder, Louisiana, will implement Medsphere's OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) solution to improve clinical outcomes through automated patient care and enhanced communication. As a rural, acute and primary care facility, Beauregard is on track to fully and meaningfully deploy OpenVista by June 2010 and become eligible for financial incentives as outlined by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

"Beauregard Memorial Hospital proves that any hospital in the U.S. can rapidly implement, and meaningfully use, an enterprise EHR," said Ted Badger, CEO at Beauregard Memorial Hospital. "As one of many small, rural hospitals in the U.S., we are excited to demonstrate how a hospital of our size can afford to fully implement an electronic health record system. With the strong commitment from our healthcare providers and Medsphere's support, we are excited to offer our patients high-quality healthcare supported by proven health technology."

The flexibility offered by open source technology enables Medsphere to provide a portfolio of clinical transformation services by tailoring OpenVista to the specific needs of Beauregard. The hospital offers general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient and emergency room patients, and participates in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

"Medsphere is very pleased to be working with Beauregard and early adopters like Ted Badger who have the perspective to understand what OpenVista represents and what Medsphere is trying to do," said Michael J. Doyle, president and CEO of Medsphere. "OpenVista and Medsphere's associated support services comprise the most efficient path to meaningful use and federal stimulus funding. The Ecosystem we're building will change the way healthcare is provided in this country, and Beauregard shared that vision with us from the first time we met."

In addition to Beauregard, West Virginia's state hospitals, Blue Mountain Hospital in Utah, Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas, Wyoming's Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut and Lutheran Medical Center in New York all share best practices and source code enhancements to OpenVista code at Medsphere.org, the Web portal for the ecosystem where Medsphere partners communicate and collaborate to improve healthcare.

Open source healthcare IT solutions have gained momentum nationally in 2009, starting with West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) recent call for the public funding and use of proven open source EHRs to improve patient care. The Rockefeller bill, called the Health Information Technology Public Utility Act of 2009, would require the federal government to develop standards for an interoperable health IT system and create an open source electronic health records solution available to all healthcare providers at little or no cost.

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 cost-effectively than comparable vendor proprietary solutions.

About Beauregard Memorial Hospital

Since 1950, Beauregard Memorial Hospital has served the healthcare needs of the citizens of Beauregard Parish and surrounding communities. As a 60 bed acute care facility, Beauregard Memorial combines the latest medical technology with human warmth and concern.

Beauregard Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital, committed to the continual improvement and expansion of healthcare in the interest of better serving the needs of the community. As a community-owned facility, our financial resources are dedicated to acquiring the necessary tools that will allow us to provide exceptional healthcare to our community. Beauregard Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is an affiliate of Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA). At Beauregard Memorial Hospital, we know that Nothing's More Important Than Your Health!

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.

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