Valley General Hospital Goes Live on OpenVista Electronic Health Record

Pacific Northwest community hospital wraps up expedited 6-month implementation process and begins Meaningful Use preparations

Monroe, WA, and Carlsbad, CA—Medsphere Systems Corporation and Valley General Hospital (VGH) today announced that VGH is up and running on Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). The Snohomish County community hospital, located northeast of Seattle, now looks forward to Meaningful Use 2014 certification later this year and federal reimbursement early next year. Both Medsphere and VGH estimate that federal Meaningful Use funds will cover most if not all of the initial five-year subscription costs for OpenVista.  

“Along with everyone at Medsphere, I want to congratulate Valley General CEO Eric Jensen and his dedicated staff,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Their commitment to this project has enabled us to implement OpenVista quickly and effectively with an eye toward Meaningful Use 2014. I also have to credit Eric and his leadership team for the vision they’ve shown in adopting comprehensive health IT. They understand how it can benefit the organization and where it will give them an advantage with regard to improving patient care and controlling costs.”

OpenVista is a comprehensive clinical, financial and patient accounting system and is fully certified by InfoGard for Meaningful Use 2014. Combined with Medsphere’s proven and rapid implementation process, OpenVista will enable VGH to quickly qualify for federal stimulus dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Medsphere’s subscription service pricing model—a pay-as-you-go structure with no huge upfront fees—will also mitigate financial pressure on the hospital.

“The clinicians and staff here at Valley General have shown tremendous dedication and optimism during this entire implementation process,” said CEO Jensen, FACHE. “We asked them to support a rapid implementation and they buckled down and got the job done. I couldn’t be more proud. Of course, we couldn’t have done this without Medsphere’s professional implementation team and the long days they put in to get the system live. This was a great team effort and we look forward to the difference OpenVista will make at VGH.”

Medsphere's 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 and affordably than traditional proprietary solutions.

About Valley General Hospital

Valley General Hospital (VGH) has served the citizens of Washington’s East Snohomish County since opening as a public hospital in 1960. To meet the health care needs of the community, VGH provides emergency, acute inpatient care, surgical and specialty services. The patient and family-centered philosophy embodied by VGH clinicians and staff, combined with a commitment to advancing medical technologies, enables the hospital to provide exceptional care for whatever life brings.

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