SOURCE: Medsphere

June 10, 2008 08:00 ET

Medsphere® Implementation at West Virginia Hospital Confirms Suitability of OpenVista® Solution Across Continuum of Care

Pinecrest Hospital, a Long-Term Care Facility, Part of Pioneering Initiative to Electronically Integrate State Healthcare Facilities

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - June 10, 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 Pinecrest Hospital, a 199-bed long-term care facility for the elderly in Beckley, West Virginia. The implementation, the sixth of seven at West Virginia's network of acute, long-term, and ambulatory treatment centers, demonstrates the power of OpenVista to create new operational and clinical efficiencies in heterogeneous healthcare organizations.

West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) selected OpenVista in April 2006 as the centerpiece of an effort to unify the health record systems at state-run healthcare facilities. The program, among the first of its kind among government facilities nationwide, allows personnel to more accurately document patient care, obtain current information and easily access records from multiple locations.

OpenVista, a commercialized version of the highly acclaimed VistA EHR created by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, enables hospitals and other healthcare facilities to reduce operating costs and improve patient care rapidly and, in comparison to alternatives, inexpensively. The feature-rich application offers a user-friendly, secure environment in which clinicians can simultaneously review patient history, diagnoses and treatment results, drug allergy alerts, documentation and consults, food and nutrition, radiology and imaging results, and other relevant patient data, all in real time.

"OpenVista has a modular design that can be tailored to the workflows and reporting needs of each of our facilities," said Jerry Luck, director of facilities system administration for WVDHHR and project manager for the OpenVista program. "It's easy to configure and yet can accommodate the larger requirements of our statewide reporting and records management system."

With the install at Pinecrest, West Virginia's statewide OpenVista rollout is nearly complete. Since 2006, WVDHHR has installed the solution at Welch Community Hospital, William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital, Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital, Hopemont Hospital and Lakin Hospital. The John Manchin Sr. Healthcare Center, seventh and last to receive OpenVista, is scheduled to go live this month.

"Whether at acute care, long-term, or ambulatory centers, OpenVista has proven its adaptability to a broad range of healthcare and technology environments," said Medsphere CEO Michael J. Doyle. "We're pleased that the ongoing success in West Virginia has underscored OpenVista's ability to increase clinical performance, reduce costs and improve patient outcomes regardless of the setting or operational challenge."

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, and the remaining facility in the WVDHHR. OpenVista is already in use at multiple healthcare facilities and care delivery organizations, including six of seven 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 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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