SOURCE: Medsphere

September 17, 2008 13:56 ET

Medsphere and Hewlett-Packard Host First Annual Collaborative Healthcare Forum

Proposed Congressional Legislation Boosts Profile for Open Source EHRs, Signals Future of American Healthcare

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) -

WHAT:    Medsphere and HP will co-host the Collaborative Healthcare Forum,
         a summit focusing on the benefits of electronic health records
         (EHRs), Open Source technology and improvements in patient care.
         Executives from more than 350 healthcare providers across the
         country have been invited to New York City this fall to
         collaborate, learn best practices, share success stories and work
         to improve the quality and decrease the cost of healthcare using
         Open Source tools.

WHEN:    Thursday, October 2, 2008

WHERE:   Westin Hotel--Times Square, New York, NY

WHY:     The future effectiveness of America's healthcare system depends
         on collaboration. While traditional vendor-based solutions are
         neither cost-effective nor interoperable with existing systems,
         Open Source technology is a proven and viable option. Many
         healthcare industry leaders and government officials are now
         looking to EHR mandates to increase adoption of healthcare
         technology, and Open Source provides the only realistic
         alternative in identifying a truly universal solution.

         The Collaborative Healthcare Forum will explore innovative
         solutions to healthcare's current problems, including the
         potential of Open Source electronic records; high acuity care
         delivery automation for emergency, perioperative and critical
         care departments; and the integration of devices, systems, people
         and healthcare organizations. The discussion is timely.
         Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) recently introduced legislation
         requiring the federal government to establish standards for an
         interoperable health IT system and to create an Open Source
         health IT system that would be made available to all healthcare
         providers at little or no cost.

WHO:     Collaborative Healthcare Forum speakers will include the
         following industry experts:

         Dr. John Halamka -- CIO of the CareGroup Health System, CIO and
         Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the
         New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN),
         CEO of MA-SHARE, Chair of the US Healthcare Information
         Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and a practicing emergency
         physician. Dr. Halamka will address Open Source electronic health
         records, covering both their potential for use and caveats.

         Larry Augustin -- founder of VA Linux and a pioneer in Open
         Source technology. Mr. Augustin will address the value of
         technological collaboration within the healthcare system.

         Ken Kizer -- former Undersecretary of Health in the U.S.
         Department of Veterans Affairs and founding president and CEO of
         the National Quality Forum. Dr. Kizer will discuss in depth the
         most successful EHR solution in the U.S. today -- the U.S.
         Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA system.

         Jeffrey Miller -- vice president, Worldwide Health and Life
         Sciences Industries, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). Mr. Miller
         will speak about developing technology solutions that increase
         access to vital information and improve patient care by
         integrating technology, devices and providers, thereby providing
         insight into decision-making within healthcare organizations that
         increases productivity.

         Medsphere -- Senior executives will share insight into the Open
         Source business model, adoption challenges and clinical
         transformation using Open Source EHRs.

CONTACT: Media interested in finding out more about this event should
         contact Marisa Borgasano or Lily Eng of Schwartz Communications
         at (415) 512-0770 or

For more information, please visit the First Annual Collaborative Healthcare Forum for the conference agenda. For media registration, the form can be found on the lower portion of the website.

About Medsphere Systems Corporation

As the Open Source source for healthcare, Medsphere is revolutionizing the industry by delivering commercially supported software based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' proven VistA electronic health record (EHR). Medsphere offers healthcare an economically sustainable and comprehensive solution in OpenVista®, a portfolio of products and professional services for hospitals, clinics, and integrated delivery networks. The company addresses the capital constraints of the healthcare industry through an innovative subscription-based pricing model. 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 the Wasatch Venture Fund. For more information, visit

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