SOURCE: Medsphere

July 15, 2008 08:00 ET

Medsphere and WebReach Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance Open Source Electronic Health Record

Mirth Appliances Integrates OpenVista EHR With Third-Party Applications, Speeds Time to Clinical and Operational Benefits

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Medsphere® Systems Corporation, the leading provider of Open Source healthcare IT solutions, today announced a partnership with WebReach, Inc., a premier healthcare IT consultancy and creator of Open Source health IT solutions, for comprehensive support of Medsphere's OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). Through Mirth, WebReach's healthcare messaging integration engine, Medsphere creates standard interfaces for a hospital's existing and proprietary applications, enabling disparate patient data systems to efficiently exchange information. This rapid, seamless and scalable interaction between existing information systems and the comprehensive OpenVista solution enables facilities to realize clinical, operational and regulatory benefits in as little as half the time and for one-third the cost of alternative solutions.

In OpenVista and Mirth, Medsphere and WebReach offer hospitals an Open Source, feature-rich and commercially supported solution that meets unique facility needs and overcomes the cost, interoperability and complexity limitations of traditional "vendor lock" EHRs. Central to the success of OpenVista is the ability to seamlessly interoperate with existing third-party applications -- from administrative and financial applications to clinical data repositories and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) -- preserving legacy IT investment and delivering superior time-to-value and time-to-benefit. This efficient integration is made possible because OpenVista incorporates Mirth and interfacing standards such as Health Level 7 (HL7) for the exchange and retrieval of electronic health information.

"Medsphere and WebReach are committed to improving healthcare by dramatically reducing the time and cost required for hospitals to achieve full health information system interoperability and secure information sharing," said Michael J. Doyle, CEO of Medsphere. "With Mirth Appliances, we are able to interoperate more efficiently than with other integration engines, ensuring that OpenVista will continue to meet and exceed the performance and functionality demands of modern healthcare while remaining a time-, cost- and clinically effective EHR solution."

The agreement between Medsphere and WebReach provides for coordinated, around-the-clock support; customized technical training; and expanded interface engineering capabilities, including scalable message translation and advanced mapping between health information systems and across various protocols, data sources and distributed systems. In addition, the partnership gives Medsphere preferred pricing on WebReach's Mirth Appliances, helping to fast-track complex customer integration projects with the secure, resilient and turn-key Mirth solution.

"Our partnership brings together two professional Open Source companies focused on delivering world-class healthcare IT solutions," said Jon Teichrow, president of WebReach. "WebReach and Medsphere are proving life-critical, commercial-quality, community-driven Open Source healthcare solutions can be delivered to healthcare organizations in less time than previously thought possible. This is a significant milestone for Open Source healthcare."

OpenVista recently enabled Midland Memorial Hospital in West Texas to be named a Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics Stage 6 facility following a more rapid and less costly implementation than is available with alternative solutions. Through the Stage 6 designation, HIMSS Analytics recognizes healthcare facilities that have implemented healthcare IT solutions and achieved established levels of automated patient care and clinical process improvement.

Medsphere's current activities include OpenVista implementations at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. OpenVista is already in use at multiple healthcare facilities and care delivery organizations, including all seven West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) facilities, Century City Doctor's Hospital in Los Angeles, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyoming and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service.

About OpenVista

OpenVista is a commercialized version of the highly acclaimed VistA EHR created and developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over more than 20 years. OpenVista enables hospitals and other healthcare facilities to reduce operating costs and improve patient care more rapidly and inexpensively than other approaches. As a disruptive technology, OpenVista meets the needs of acute, ambulatory, and long-term care environments, as well as multi-facility, multi-specialty healthcare organizations, and offers clinicians a feature-rich, user-friendly and secure environment for accessing patient information in real time.

Medsphere supports the core principles of the Open Source community and has released the enhanced code base for the OpenVista Clinical Information System (CIS), the EHR's core medical record application. The Open Source release of CIS enables customers and other interested parties to use, modify, and enhance it in support of improved processes and workflows, and better patient safety. OpenVista is the core focus of the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem, a collaborative community of healthcare facilities, developers, value-added resellers, clinicians and other interested parties dedicated to improving patient care through Open Source tools. The Ecosystem enables participants to develop OpenVista according to particular needs and desires, communicate feedback, share enhancements, and benefit from one another's work.

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 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 EPIC Ventures (formerly the Wasatch Venture Fund). For more information, visit http://www.medsphere.com.

About Mirth

Mirth is rapidly becoming the interface engine of choice for health information system data exchange. Mirth delivers robust HL7, XML, X12, NCPDP, and DiCOM interface capabilities in an Open Source package, providing an alternative to costly proprietary and in-house systems. Mirth is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL 1.1) and is free to download and use for development and production deployments. The license also allows companies to embed and distribute Mirth free of charge. Mirth's zero-cost license ensures cost-effective deployment across as many systems and CPUs as business needs require, with no hidden costs. For more information about Mirth, please visit http://webreachinc.com and http://www.mirthproject.org.

About WebReach, Inc.

Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Irvine, CA, WebReach serves some of the nations largest and most respected healthcare organizations. WebReach delivers information technology consulting, hosts high availability secure applications, and designs user-driven health information solutions. WebReach software is used daily by thousands of health professionals across the U.S. to streamline care management processes and to securely exchange health information. The Mirth Project is the first in a series of WebReach initiatives aimed at transforming health information technology by making high-value information technology utilities available to the healthcare community on an Open Source basis. For more information visit http://webreachinc.com.

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