Medsphere’s OpenVista Solution Earns Complete Electronic Health Record Certification

InfoGard recognizes first open source system as qualified to meet federal meaningful use standards

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open-source healthcare enterprise solutions, today announced complete electronic health record (EHR) certification in inpatient settings for the company’s OpenVista electronic health record. Certification by InfoGard confirms that Medsphere customers using OpenVista are enabled to meet “meaningful use” standards and maximize federal assistance.

“The significance for Medsphere customers of OpenVista certification is clear but can’t be overstated. Our customers can be certain that the solution they chose will get them to meaningful use and federal funding,” said Medsphere President and CEO Mike Doyle. “More broadly, InfoGard certification of OpenVista also demonstrates that there are many more ways to meaningful use than through expensive, confining proprietary vendors. Open source can get you to meaningful use quickly, affordably, reliably and without the unnecessary baggage that proprietary systems bring.”

Of course, hospitals can’t meet federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding requirements if clinicians won’t use the system. Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center has reached 93 percent physician adoption of OpenVista for computerized provider order entry. Similarly, Silver Hill Hospital, a nationally recognized psychiatric facility in New Canaan, Conn, has achieved 98 percent physician adoption of CPOE.

Midland Memorial Hospital, a HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 facility, effectively and rapidly moved the majority of physicians to electronic ordering within 90 days of their go live event in 2006.

“The adoptability and intuitive nature of the system is one of the reasons we were comfortable moving forward with OpenVista in the first place,” explained David Whiles, director of information systems at Midland Memorial. “The affordability is very important, of course, but it wouldn’t matter if the system didn’t provide closed-loop medication management and other attributes that improve clinical workflow and patient care.”

For hospitals that have not yet implemented an EHR, the certification of OpenVista is equally significant. Now that federal payments have begun, OpenVista is the certified solution that is adoptable, highly affordable, proven and can be implemented quickly enough to still maximize federal stimulus payments as soon as possible.

InfoGard also gave modular EHR certification in ambulatory environments to OpenVista. Medsphere is developing OpenVista for full EHR certification in ambulatory settings and is working closely with integrated health networks among current customers to enhance the system in clinically efficient and effective ways.

Visit the Office of the National Coordinator’s Certified Health IT Product List page for the specific certification criteria OpenVista had to meet.

InfoGard Disclaimer

Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record, version 1.5, received complete EHR certification for inpatient settings (certificate number IG-2449-11-0062) and modular certification for ambulatory settings (certificate number IG-2449-11-0063) from InfoGard on May 4, 2011. Click here to access the specific clinical quality measures for which OpenVista has been certified.

This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About InfoGard

Founded in 1993 with a mission to provide accredited IT security assurance services to customers worldwide, InfoGard is the first private IT security laboratory to become accredited by the United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Council, and Postal authorities.

Over the years the company has expanded their security services by investing in multiple formal accreditation programs. Genuine independence enables the organization to remain objective and serve customers free from any potential conflicts of interest. Through accredited formal security evaluation programs and specialty IT services, InfoGard serves over 200 customers in more than 25 countries.

InfoGard staff includes experts in cryptography, computer engineering, software security, systems architecture, physical security, site security, project management and security assurance specialists.

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 (EHR) system developed by the 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, which recent studies show have yielded $3.09 billion in benefits, primarily from the near elimination of medication administration issues and duplicate testing.

Medsphere’s subscription-based pricing model enables 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.

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