Nationally Recognized Psychiatric Hospital Selects Medsphere's Open Source Electronic Health Record to Transform Clinical Care

Silver Hill Hospital Chooses OpenVista to Improve Efficiency and Patient Care

Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open source healthcare IT solutions, today announced a five-year contract with Connecticut's Silver Hill Hospital for implementation, training and support of the company's OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) solution.

As a nationally recognized, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital, Silver Hill selected OpenVista to meet the organizational goal of improving patient-centered psychiatric care through the use of health technology. With no associated upfront costs, OpenVista also satisfies Silver Hill's financial and clinical objectives of affordably and continually improving patient care. Open source interoperability will enable Silver Hill, working closely with Medsphere, to build and configure the EHR to meet the particular needs of the hospital.

"The goal is to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care available through the latest technological advances," said Sigurd Ackerman, M.D., president and medical director at Silver Hill Hospital. "OpenVista gives us a proven solution that will equip our staff with better information for medical decisions and improve efficiency of care."

Under the terms of the contract, the implementation of OpenVista at Silver Hill will provide psychiatric practitioners with access to valuable clinical IT support: a comprehensive electronic health record in the OpenVista Clinical Information System (CIS), computerized physician order entry (CPOE) functionality, an inpatient bar code medication administration (BCMA) system, a health information management system (HIMS), true interoperability via the OpenVista Interface Suite, and testing support through the laboratory application.

Additionally, Silver Hill practitioners will have access to OpenVista Group Notes, which allow behavioral treatment therapists to use a single interface to take clinical notes for a group of patients; the notes are then automatically saved in individual patient records. The Group Notes feature is particularly useful in clinical documentation of group therapy sessions at psychiatric facilities.

"Medsphere's partnership with Silver Hill is significant both for the support it will provide clinicians at the hospital and the example it offers of the effectiveness of OpenVista in a variety of healthcare environments," said Michael J. Doyle, president and CEO of Medsphere. "With recent activity in Washington, VistA-based solutions are now the potential backbone of a national healthcare IT network. This puts Silver Hill in a very good position and demonstrates the vision of Dr. Ackerman and his staff."

The selection of OpenVista by Silver Hill preceded by several days the announcement by West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller of legislation he is sponsoring that calls for the use of proven open source EHRs to improve patient care. The Rockefeller bill, called The Health Information Technology Public Utility Act of 2009, would require the federal government to develop standards for an interoperable health IT system and create an open source electronic health records solution available to all healthcare providers at little or no cost.

OpenVista is the commercialized version of the VistA EHR created and developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over 20 years ago and credited with helping turn the agency into a national leader in quality patient care. Using open source code available from the VA through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), OpenVista can be implemented much more quickly than comparable proprietary solutions. The company is committed to implementing the EHR in 6 to 12 months, enabling eligible facilities to maximize available federal funding.

About Silver Hill Hospital

Silver Hill Hospital is a nationally recognized not-for-profit psychiatric hospital. Founded in 1931, Silver Hill provides inpatient and residential Transitional Living Programs for adolescents and adults with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

About Medsphere and OpenVista