SOURCE: Vangent

Vangent

February 25, 2010 15:34 ET

Vangent Partners With Medsphere to Offer Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Electronic Health Record Solution

Proven Open-Source EHR Will Help Hospitals Meet "Meaningful Use" Criteria

ARLINGTON, VA and SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2010) - Vangent, Inc., a leading global provider of information management and strategic business process services, today announced a strategic partnership with Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open-source healthcare enterprise solutions. The partnership will help U.S. healthcare enterprises quickly realize the safety, outcomes, efficiency and economic benefits of a proven electronic health record solution.

"We selected Medsphere as an established provider of quality, scalable open-source EHR technology to complement Vangent's deep health IT expertise and expand our comprehensive offerings to the federal, state and commercial healthcare market," said Vangent President and CEO Mac Curtis. "Medsphere's proven solution, speed-to-implementation and affordable cost were among the many factors that influenced this decision."

OpenVista enables public healthcare facilities to leverage the billions already invested by the federal government in the VA's proven VistA EHR system in time to meet federal meaningful use guidelines and realize ARRA financial incentives. VistA's capabilities to automate and improve healthcare for more than five million U.S. veterans have been well-documented over two decades of use at more than a thousand diverse facilities nationwide. More than 13,000 physicians and nearly 55,000 nurses use VistA, plus thousands more who rotate through the VA during clinical training.

"We are very excited to partner with Vangent's thought leaders and implementation experts to help hospitals increase revenue, decrease operating expenses, improve quality and realize meaningful use," said Medsphere President and CEO Michael J. Doyle, who also noted that this partnership aligns organizations led by two former federal healthcare leaders: Kerry Weems is former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and now serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vangent's Health Solutions division; as under secretary for health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Medsphere's board chairman, Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, led an agency-wide expansion of VistA.

"Given the pressing need to reduce healthcare costs and keep the U.S. competitive -- not to mention keep Medicare alive for future generations," Doyle added, "perhaps this pertinent and timely partnership will impel public sector healthcare executives to consider a tried and true solution to the 'trilemma' of how to improve quality, achieve meaningful use and cut costs."

"Vangent's open architecture model enables the integration of interoperable EHR solutions like OpenVista with legacy HIT solutions based on open health standards," explained Weems. "Our approach to health IT reflects a belief that open systems and sharing of data are critical to achieve better care and control costs."

Vangent's Health Information Exchange Open Source makes secure exchange of health information from multiple and disparate system and data sources possible. HIEOS™ will help promote OpenVista's interoperability and facilitate connection to the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN).

The OpenVista implementation process typically moves an inpatient facility from paper to paperless in six to nine months. Implemented in a pre-populated format that includes clinical templates, best practices and order sets, OpenVista's highly flexible nature accommodates existing clinical workflows and makes all patient data available at the point of care. And Medsphere's subscription-based pricing model eliminates up-front costs and back-end balloon payments, making a quality health IT solution available to virtually any hospital, regardless of resources.

About Vangent, Inc.

Vangent is a global provider of consulting, systems integration, human capital management and business process services to the U.S. federal and international governments, higher education institutions and corporations. Vangent's 8,000 employees support clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor; and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Census Bureau as well as Fortune 500 companies. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the company has offices throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina. For more information, visit www.vangent.com.

About Medsphere and OpenVista®

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an award-winning organization of clinical and technology professionals working to make quality health IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere's OpenVista® is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services that leverages an electronic health record system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This VistA EHR is widely credited with helping transform the VA into the nation's most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. OpenVista®, the most fully commercialized VistA offspring, is a responsible reapplication of the VA's $8.5 billion investment.

Medsphere's subscription-based pricing model enables its hospital, clinic and integrated delivery network customers to pay for OpenVista® from their operating budget with no upfront costs or back-end balloon payments. Expert implementation and other services facilitate fluid and rapid transition to a paperless clinical environment focusing on best practices and evidence-based medicine in six to nine months. Medsphere also actively nurtures the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem, a global community of customers, partners, developers and other online collaborators who drive OpenVista® innovation, and provide a parallel development and support structure.

Learn more about the company at www.medsphere.com and the Ecosystem at www.medsphere.org.

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