Open Source-Based System Will Help Optimize Patient Care in 476-Bed Facility
ALISO VIEJO, California, January 8, 2007 - Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading commercial provider of open source-based electronic health record (EHR) systems and services, today announced a five-year agreement to supply and deploy its OpenVista® EHR platform at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. The installation is designed to improve patient care and operations in the 476-bed facility by providing better data capture, computerized provider order entry, an integrated view of all patient information for clinical decision support, and related benefits.
The contract stems directly from OpenVista's roots in the highly regarded VistA EHR system developed by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and used in all VA facilities. OpenVista is a commercial implementation of the VA platform, based on source code that is available in the public domain, with enhancements to meet the needs of non-VA healthcare providers. Medsphere also supplies professional services, ongoing upgrades, and 24x7 technical support, providing the safety of a professional open source delivery model without expensive proprietary license fees.
Lutheran Medical Center selected OpenVista after an evaluation process that included downloading the public domain VistA software, receiving a live VistA demonstration at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center, consulting with clinical staff and physicians who are familiar with the VistA application from training at various VA facilities, and evaluating the Medsphere product offering as well as the company's services. The OpenVista implementation will begin immediately.
"As the medical industry embraces new health information technologies, it was only logical for Lutheran to select an EHR system with a strong history of reliability and affordability," said Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and CEO of Lutheran Medical Center. "We are looking forward to working with OpenVista and confident that this technological advancement will deliver long-term strategic value and, most importantly, help us maintain the highest quality of care that our patients both expect and deserve."
"This contract reflects growing market recognition of the contribution that VistA has made to the EHR movement and the value that we add to the VistA platform," said Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, Chairman and CEO of Medsphere Systems. "With the power of VistA behind it, OpenVista substantially lowers costs, reduces implementation risk, and shortens the learning curve because so many physicians train at VA hospitals. These and other factors offer clear advantages over other commercial EHR systems."
Lutheran Medical Center will implement the complete OpenVista platform, including patient information management, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology applications as well as a clinical information system enabling computerized order entry by the hospital's lab, pharmacy, radiology, respiratory, physical therapy and dietary departments. Together, these systems will provide an integrated view of orders, test results and medications for a given patient, yielding better information for physicians, fewer duplicate tests, faster handling of test orders, more accurate medication tracking, and a complete audit trail for clinical charges.
Medsphere will help deploy the system and provide the software and professional services required to interface OpenVista with existing applications, including the hospital's patient registration and billing systems.
Lutheran Medical Center is the third non-federal organization to adopt OpenVista. Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas, has successfully implemented the application at its 320-bed, two-campus facility. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is currently deploying the product across seven state-owned and operated hospitals.
About Lutheran Medical Center
A Level One Trauma Center and Stroke Center, Lutheran Medical Center (LMC) has cared for Brooklyn's diverse communities since 1883. As a full service 476-bed teaching hospital, LMC is the hub of Lutheran HealthCare, a network of primary, acute and long-term care centers providing a continuum of services from early childhood development, to senior support, to state-of-the-art medical care. In 2006, LMC was named the best rated hospital in Brooklyn and ranked among the top five percent in the nation for clinical outcomes by HealthGrades, the nation's leading health care ratings organization. Additionally, the LMC Surgical Weight Loss Institute in the only bariatric surgery program in Brooklyn to be designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery while also holding a Level I Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. Learn more about LMC and it's more than a century old commitment to patient care excellence, community service, health education and research online at www.LutheranMedicalCenter.com.