Oklahoma community hospital uses proven open source EHR to realize affordable, economically sustainable, patient care improvements
Stilwell, OK, and Carlsbad, CA—Medsphere Systems Corporation and Stilwell Memorial Hospital today announced that Stilwell is now up and running on Medsphere’s OpenVista® open source electronic health record (EHR). With full technical support for Stilwell clinicians, the hospital can focus on Meaningful Use Stage 1 process and patient care improvements as outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The expectation, supported by the experience of other Medsphere customers, is that 34-bed Stilwell will see measureable improvements in community care enabled by their use of OpenVista. The comprehensive EHR will arm Stilwell clinicians with the tools to rapidly identify potential drug interactions, review family health history and confirm patient data at the bedside via bar code scanner.
“On behalf of Medsphere, I want to congratulate Stilwell President and CEO Alan L. Adams and his dedicated staff at Memorial Hospital,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “It’s been very clear to us since day one that the entire hospital was motivated in this project by their commitment to serving the needs of the city of Stilwell and the surrounding community. Improved patient care through affordable health IT is available to the thousands of essential community hospitals in this country, and Memorial Hospital is demonstrating to others how it can and should be done.”
Stilwell’s accomplishment is magnified because the hospital moved to electronic clinical support from paper. In addition to federal reimbursement through Meaningful Use, the hospital also looks forward to more financially manageable operating expenses as all upgrades, enhancements and support are included in Medsphere’s subscription-based pricing model.
“I am tremendously proud of the clinicians and staff here at Stilwell Memorial for the dedication and optimism they brought to this entire implementation process,” said Adams. “I won’t pretend for a minute that this was an easy or straightforward process. But we were resilient, and Medsphere was realistic and consistent in the guidance they gave us. This is something that hospitals nationwide are doing and should do, and we feel like Stilwell is proving that size and geography just don’t matter all that much.”
On the patient accounting and billing side, Stilwell will implement Stockell Healthcare’s comprehensive InsightCS Revenue Cycle Information suite. InsightCS incorporates Patient Access, Patient Accounting, Claims Management, Informatics and Reporting, and Clinical Exchange solutions for acute and mental health hospitals, and integrated delivery networks. Medsphere and Stockell have collaborated previously at other customer hospitals to enable data sharing between OpenVista and InsightCS.
In partnership with Medsphere, Stilwell is using OpenVista to closely track Meaningful Use requirements such as use of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) for medication orders, and drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions. Medsphere and Stilwell collaborated during implementation and training on workflow process redesign, which will continue to ensure improved clinical efficiency and Meaningful Use success.
About Stilwell Memorial Hospital
Stilwell Memorial Hospital is an acute care facility located in Stilwell, OK, and run by Adair County Health Center. Stilwell Memorial is committed to providing quality health care regardless of color, race, or religion. An annual assessment of the hospital’s mission statement and goals enables Stilwell Memorial to ensure a continuing commitment to the community and individual patients.