Jordanian e-health team tours Texas hospital, considers Open Source EHR

MIDLAND, TX—Midland Memorial Hospital recently hosted a delegation from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to showcase the Texas medical center's open-source electronic health record system.

Jordan's e-Health team is exploring EHR solutions for implementation throughout the Kingdom's hospital network and visited MMH to assess the hospital's OpenVista system.

MMH is a 320-bed hospital operating on two campuses in Midland, Texas. Owned and operated by the Midland County Hospital District, MMH also serves as a regional referral center for communities in west Texas and southeast New Mexico.

"Midland Memorial is truly proud of what we've accomplished and welcomes the opportunity to share our experience and our success with Jordanian officials," said David Whiles, director of information systems at MMH. "The ability to roll out a comprehensive, reliable electronic health record in less time and with less investment than anyone thought possible is good medicine anywhere in the world."

In 2006, MMH deployed OpenVista from Aliso Viejo, California-based Medsphere Systems Corp. OpenVista is a commercialized version of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VistA software. VistA technology is credited with helping turn the VA into a national leader in quality patient care.

Medsphere commercialized the software and released an enhanced code base, allowing hospital clients to use, modify and enhance it.

Since full implementation in 2007, MMH has rechristened its EHR software "Electronic Data Information for Team Healthcare" or EDITH.

The hospital is now nearly paperless and all MMH healthcare workers use the system to access patient care information.

"Midland is a perfect example of how the days of vendor lock and time- and resource-intensive EHR deployments are a thing of the past," said Medsphere CEO Michael J. Doyle. "EHRs are now viable for healthcare organizations of any size, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan."

OpenVista is currently in use at multiple healthcare facilities and care delivery organizations, including multiple West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources facilities; Century City Doctor's Hospital in Los Angeles; Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo.; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service.