OpenVista Pharmacy

OpenVista® Pharmacy works in tandem with Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) applications to facilitate a closed-loop medication management process. OpenVista Pharmacy creates, in the words of Silver Hill Hospital President Sigurd Ackerman, MD, "a triple-check safety process" that "eliminate(s) the potential for a medication error."

Fully integrated with OpenVista CareVue, OpenVista Pharmacy enhances patient safety by ensuring the availability of always-current and accurate medication information, dramatically reducing potential errors across the entire medication management process. With a proven track record in facilities inside and outside the VA healthcare system, this solution supports the comprehensive, best-practice medication management requirements of a modern healthcare enterprise.

An essential complement to OpenVista Pharmacy's robust feature set is OpenVista BCMA. Natively integrated with the full OpenVista EHR, including both Pharmacy and CareVue, BCMA improves medication administration accuracy and increases documentation efficiency. Two-way electronic communication between the prescriber (clinician) and pharmacy staff virtually eliminates transcription errors.

Familiar Graphical Interface

Medsphere has added a familiar, user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) to the traditional appearance of VistA Pharmacy. OpenVista Pharmacy functions are presented in a tabbed workspace, allowing for multiple concurrent activities within the same GUI session under a single login. The OpenVista Pharmacy Dashboard constantly monitors for stat orders and other important events. When these events occur, the appropriate gauge triggers, keeps a running tally, and provides direct action (e.g., order review) on the event.

Pharmacy Pricing Engine

The OpenVista Pricing Engine supports enhanced medication charge calculation and billing management. Through the use of intelligent rules for calculation and medication prices, it gives pharmacy departments increased revenue opportunities and more accurate and timely cost control.

Designed for complexities of inpatient medication reimbursement, the system features a wholesaler data upload of current medication costs; these are immediately and automatically passed on to the payer.

The Pricing Engine also provides other key benefits:

  • Allows pharmacy management to define medication pricing rules via accurate, timely drug pricing data
  • Provides billing with correct, current CMS data and calculations, thus fewer rejections

OpenVista Pharmacy Benefits

  • Seamless integration across closed-loop medication workflow
  • Zero transcription errors when physicians order medications directly in CareVue
  • Improved patient safety: Through BCMA, provides a consistent real-time, point-of-care solution that supports “the five rights” of medication administration
  • Efficient communications: Integrated pharmacy patient medication profiles improve medication order processing and clinical review

OpenVista Pharmacy Features

  • Direct, instant communication among clinician, pharmacist and nurse
  • Inpatient pharmacy unit dose and IV functions
  • Outpatient pharmacy prescription functions
  • Pharmacy interventions and adverse reaction tracking
  • Order review clinical checks (allergy, drug interaction, duplication, dose)
  • Controlled substances functionality
  • Perpetual inventory functionality
  • Drug information for patients and clinicians
  • Drug-specific laboratory monitoring alerts
  • Home medication list
  • Order flags that alert clinicians and nurses at the point of care
  • Library of standard reports
  • Multi-facility, multi-clinic support
  • Integrates inpatient/outpatient medication records across encounters
  • Incorporated medication reconciliation support with action profiles