SOURCE: Medsphere

August 18, 2008 08:00 ET

Medsphere® Completes Integration of West Virginia State Healthcare Facilities

Implementation at John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center Puts Final Touch on Open Source Electronic Health Records System

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - Medsphere® Systems Corporation, the leading provider of Open Source healthcare IT solutions, today announced the successful implementation of the company's OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) solution at John Manchin Sr. Health Care Center (Manchin), a 41-bed long-term care facility and out-patient clinic in Fairmont, West Virginia. The implementation makes Manchin the seventh and final healthcare facility in West Virginia's network of acute, long-term and ambulatory treatment centers to go live with OpenVista and establishes the final link in a nearly paperless and secure EHR system uniting all West Virginia state-owned healthcare facilities.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) selected OpenVista in April 2006 as the cornerstone of an effort to standardize access to all patient health records, as well as clinical, operational and administrative systems, at state-run facilities. The program, among the first of its kind nationwide, allows personnel to more accurately document patient care, obtain the most current information and easily access all records from multiple locations, effectively creating a closed-loop, electronic repository of patient data.

"We are thrilled with the successful implementation of OpenVista across all of West Virginia's healthcare facilities," said Jerry Luck, director of facilities system administration for WV DHHR and project manager for the OpenVista program. "Based on early feedback from all of our live centers, we expect OpenVista to help us achieve increased clinical performance and improved patient outcomes throughout the state and make West Virginia a model for state-run healthcare systems across the country."

With the implementation of OpenVista at Manchin, West Virginia's statewide OpenVista rollout is now complete. Since 2006, WV DHHR has deployed the solution at Welch Community, William R. Sharpe Jr., Mildred Mitchell-Bateman, Hopemont, Pinecrest and Lakin hospitals.

"OpenVista's unique architecture and seamless integration makes a cost-effective and comprehensive EHR a viable solution for healthcare organizations and systems of any size," said Medsphere CEO Michael J. Doyle. "With OpenVista, clinicians have real-time access to all patient information, helping improve productivity and patient outcomes while saving healthcare organizations time and money. West Virginia is a leader in recognizing the impact that a fully integrated, state-wide EHR system can have on patient care and we at Medsphere look forward to supporting the state's initiatives and success."

OpenVista is a commercialized version of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA solution developed over the course of more than 20 years. Building on the widespread success of VistA, credited with helping turn the VA into a national leader in quality patient care, Medsphere commercialized the original solution and released the enhanced code base, empowering customers to use, modify and enhance it in support of internal processes and workflows. Offering efficient interoperability with all existing IT systems, OpenVista delivers a feature-rich, user-friendly and secure environment that gives clinicians real time access to all patient information and enables healthcare organizations to reduce operating costs and improve patient care rapidly and, in comparison to alternative solutions, inexpensively.

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.

OpenVista is already in use at multiple healthcare facilities and care delivery organizations, including Century City Doctors 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 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 EPIC Ventures (formerly the Wasatch Venture Fund). For more information, visit

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