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A 40-Year 'Conspiracy' at the VA

Arthur Allen | Politico | March 19, 2017

Four decades ago, in 1977, a conspiracy began bubbling up from the basements of the vast network of hospitals belonging to the Veterans Administration. Across the country, software geeks and doctors were puzzling out how they could make medical care better with these new devices called personal computers. Working sometimes at night or in their spare time, they started to cobble together a system that helped doctors organize their prescriptions, their CAT scans and patient notes, and to share their experiences electronically to help improve care for veterans...

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Beauregard Memorial Hospital running Medsphere's OpenVistA EHR system receives Stage 1 'Meaningful Use' reimbursement

Press Release | Medsphere Systems Corporation | June 12, 2012

Medsphere Systems Corporation and Beauregard Memorial Hospital today announced that Beauregard has received federal reimbursement for the licensing of Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). The payment of Stage One Meaningful Use funds to the DeRidder, Louisiana, hospital covers five-year total licensing costs for the OpenVista EHR. The affordability of OpenVista will enable Beauregard to use additional federal funds received for subsequent stages of the Meaningful Use program on other hospital initiatives.

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BT Bets on Medsphere's 'Open' EHR

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | January 13, 2015

Medsphere Systems and BT have agreed to jointly promote Medsphere's OpenVista EHR under a software-as-a-service, or SaaS, model. The goal, executives from both companies say, is to relieve hospitals of the many costly and burdensome IT responsibilities.

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Can An Open Source Electronic Health Record Ever Be Ready For Prime-Time?

Zina Moukheiber | Forbes | August 29, 2012

In October, the Open Source Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) will hold its first summit, bringing together the government and open source developers, two radically different camps united in their goal to improve a lauded electronic health record in need of a face lift—the Veterans Affairs’ VistA. “We believe open source will help us innovate quickly,” says Mike O’Neill who sits on the board of OSEHRA, and is senior advisor to the Director, Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative.

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Case Study Demonstrates Efficacy of OpenVista for Behavioral Health

Press Release | Medsphere | April 14, 2016

Medsphere Systems Corporation...today announced the release of a case study focused on three inpatient behavioral health facilities that have implemented Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR). The integration of OpenVista into workflows and processes at Silver Hill Hospital, IntraCare North and The Recovery Center at EvergreenHealth Monroe has yielded clear benefits at each facility in terms of both patient care and the day-to-day experience of clinicians and staff. The clinicians at all three hospitals now have rapid access to more accurate and comprehensive patient records...

Darwinian Health IT: Only well-designed EHRs will survive

Myopic efforts to meet certification and compliance requirements have added functionality and effort tangential to the care of the patient. Clinicians feel like they are working for the system instead of it working for them. The best EHRs are focused on helping physicians take care of patients, with Meaningful Use and ICD-10 derivative of patient care and documentation. Read More »

Divurgent And Medsphere Join Forces To Tackle Meaningful Use And ICD-10 Challenges

Press Release | Divurgent, Medsphere | February 25, 2014

Divurgent, an innovative provider of healthcare IT consulting services, today announced a strategic partnership with Medsphere Systems Corporation. Through this agreement, Divurgent will support Medsphere clients in transforming care while addressing various industry compliance initiatives including Meaningful Use, ICD-10, and value-based purchasing models. Read More »

DoD And Tech Firms Face Daunting Health-IT Challenge

John K. Higgins | eCommerce Times | September 22, 2014

"The DoD's electronic health record program is a large and extremely complex undertaking. There are a number of different vendors, players, technologies, organizations and politics involved, resulting in tremendous barriers to overcome," said eHealth Initiative CEO Jennifer Covich Bordenick. "That doesn't mean it is impossible to execute DHMSM successfully -- but it will be a difficult feat."...

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DOD Considering Open Source EHR System

Christine Kern | Health IT Outcomes | November 4, 2014

PwC proposes bid to the Department of Defense that would transform the department’s IT management to heighten quality and efficiency...

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EHRs: Buy vs. Build, or the Best of Both

In the electronic health record (EHR) market, even though an enterprise solution is not an operating system, the parallels are clear. Healthcare organizations use expensive and complex proprietary systems that are difficult to maintain.  The leading systems have prohibitive total costs of ownership. Ownership is undermined by vendor lock. The most important and valuable enhancements are held back for the next chargeable upgrade.  Lack of interoperability is a business model.

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First cut of VistA for NHS developed

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | December 11, 2013

Two US companies have worked with UK open source experts to create a ‘first cut’ of an anglicised version of the VistA electronic patient record system. Read More »

Guadalupe County Hospital Achieves HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 Status

Press Release | Medsphere, Guadalupe County Hospital | January 23, 2013

Rural New Mexico hospital uses Medsphere’s affordable open source electronic health record to meet exacting patient care and process improvement standards Read More »

Guadalupe County Hospital in New Mexico goes live on Medsphere's OpenVista

Press Release | Medsphere | July 10, 2012

Guadalupe County Hospital today announced [it] has gone live on Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). Medsphere’s open-source EHR solution makes it feasible for  this 10-bed Santa Rosa, N.M., hospital—one of the smallest acute-care facilities in the country not designated critical access—to affordably improve patient care and attest  for federal Meaningful Use funds. Read More »

Guadalupe County Hospital Uses OpenVista EHR to Qualify for Federal Meaningful Use Funds

Press Release | Medsphere, Guadalupe County Hospital | November 8, 2012

Medsphere’s affordable open source electronic health record [OpenVistA] enables rural New Mexico facility to pay for comprehensive health IT platform in total through federal reimbursement The smallest non critical-access hospital in the nation, Guadalupe is also representative of thousands of similar healthcare facilities nationwide that live close to the financial margins and still manage to provide crucial local healthcare services.

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House Republicans and Democrats Find Rare Bipartisan Agreement on Open Source IT Procurement

In these politically polarized times, Americans expect Republicans and Democrats to disagree on every detail right down to what day of the week it is...So it’s remarkable and unexpected when any legislation exits a House committee with unanimous bipartisan support. It’s even more surprising when the legislation potentially threatens the status quo for established corporate interests—in this case information technology companies. The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITAR) —sponsored by California Republican Darrell Issa along with Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly, and supported by every member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee—threatens to put open-source software on par with proprietary by labeling it a “commercial item” in federal procurement policies. Read More »