Health Partners New England Selects Medsphere’s Comprehensive Health IT Platform and Services

Innovative behavioral health care management and psychiatric services provider selects OpenVista EHR and Phoenix Health Systems for implementation, support

Winchester, MA, and Carlsbad, CAMedsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable electronic health record (EHR) solutions and services, today announced that Health Partners New England (HPNE) has chosen the OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) system for implementation in the organization’s new behavioral health treatment center in Devens, Massachusetts. HPNE also contracted with Phoenix Health Systems, a division of Medsphere, for additional support services related to OpenVista implementation.   

Headquartered in the Boston area, HPNE enables hospitals to improve the quality and financial performance of psychiatric and substance abuse services for children, adults and the elderly. The new 108-licensed bed TaraVista Behavioral Health Center™ is the first facility the company has built from the ground up. TaraVista will use OpenVista's flexibility and comprehensive clinical, population health, financial and revenue cycle applications as core components in a unique care model providing short-term inpatient care for psychiatric and co-occurring substance abuse issues.

"We believe EHRs enable just as much improvement in behavioral health as they do in acute medical care,” said HPNE founder and CEO Michael P. Krupa, Ed. D. “Our structured RFP process identified the OpenVista enterprise solution as the best combination of predictable costs, value and functionality. The roots of OpenVista in VA VistA made Medsphere the clear choice for our needs, as did the enhanced quality and error reduction OpenVista has enabled at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut and other facilities.”

To maximize the effectiveness of OpenVista, Phoenix Health Systems will coordinate HPNE and Medsphere resources, create a comprehensive implementation plan, monitor performance and provide HPNE/TaraVista with regular project updates. With regard to the EHR, Phoenix will provide troubleshooting, as well as remote service desk and application software support, saving TaraVista the cost of expensive on-site support personnel.

“Health Partners New England is well known in behavioral health for the quality care they enable and the genuinely collaborative approach they embrace,” said Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere president and CEO, “We’re honored that Dr. Krupa and his team see Medsphere as a genuine partner on the IT side and recognize the ways in which we work to accommodate client needs. This is a relationship of like philosophies as much as anything else, which bodes well for a long and productive future.”

Medsphere's OpenVista is the commercialized version of VistA-based EHRs created and developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Indian Health Service (IHS) and credited with helping turn the agencies into national leaders in quality patient care. Using public sector code available from these agencies through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), OpenVista can be implemented much more quickly and affordably than traditional proprietary solutions.

About Health Partners New England

Incorporated in 1998 and located in Winchester, Mass., Health Partners New England is dedicated to providing compassionate, effective, sustainable care for those suffering from mental illness or co-occurring substance use.

Health Partners New England’s distinctive approach to management, interim leadership and consultation has produced a substantial record of delivering key financial and clinical metrics through collaborative leadership with administrators, physicians and direct care staff.

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