July 10, 2012
Even one of the smallest acute-care hospitals in U.S. can afford an electronic health record and demonstrate Meaningful Use
SANTA ROSA, N.M., AND CARLSBAD, CA—Medsphere Systems Corporation and Guadalupe County Hospital today announced that Guadalupe 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.
The selection of Medsphere by Guadalupe and similar facilities points to a pressing need among smaller, resource-challenged hospitals for cost-effective health IT solutions like the OpenVista EHR.
“Our patients deserve quality care, even though they don’t live near a huge academic hospital in an urban environment,” said Guadalupe CEO Christina Campos, also the hospital’s COO, CIO and marketing chief. “OpenVista gives us the tool necessary to actively pursue workflow and quality changes. And, because Medsphere’s subscription-based pricing model does not require large upfront costs, realizing such improvements and achieving Meaningful Use are possible for a small institution like ours. We are very pleased to provide our community with the best technology and health care available.”
Under federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) legislation, eligible hospitals that implement and meaningfully use an EHR may receive increased Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. In the future, the incentives will become penalties for hospitals that have not implemented an EHR.
“Smaller hospitals like Guadalupe play a crucial role in the fabric of rural societies,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Medsphere is proud to collaborate with Guadalupe in serving the Santa Rosa community.”
After achieving Meaningful Use as anticipated, Guadalupe will join other Medsphere hospital partners who have received federal stimulus funds. Most recently, Beauregard Memorial Hospital received federal reimbursement sufficient to cover the hospital’s five-year total licensing costs for the OpenVista EHR. New Jersey’s Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) also received an initial federal reimbursement large enough to cover the entire five-year cost of OpenVista. In late 2011, California’s Kern Medical Center received more than $5 million from the federal government, with in excess of $11 million expected in total. Earlier, Texas’s Midland Memorial Hospital received $3.3 million of more than $7 million expected over the life of the Meaningful Use program. Hoboken University Medical Center, an MHMC neighbor, last year received about $3 million of an estimated $8 million in total federal reimbursement.
According to statistics provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), slightly less than 16 percent of all U.S. hospitals have met Meaningful Use requirements and received stimulus funds.
About Guadalupe County Hospital
Guadalupe County Hospital is a general medical facility providing adult and pediatric care. With a full-time staff of 45, including administrative staff, this 10-bed acute care hospital handles roughly 250 admissions and 2500 emergency room visits per year. Located in Santa Rosa, N.M., 117 miles east of Albuquerque on Interstate 40, Guadalupe serves the entire county of fewer than 4700 people. About Guadalupe County Hospital