American territory using Medsphere’s VistA-based EHR solution to meet Meaningful Use and track population health across five-island group
Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Carlsbad, CA—Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable healthcare IT platform solutions, today announced that the company’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) is live throughout the American Samoa healthcare system. Specifically, OpenVista is up and running in the LBJ Tropical Medical Center and 13 outpatient clinics run by the American Samoa Medical Center Authority (ASMCA), as well as four of the eight clinics in the American Samoa Department of Health (DOH). The EHR will be rolled out to two additional DOH clinics later this year and two more in the near future.
American Samoa is an unincorporated U.S. territory in the South Pacific comprising five main islands and two coral atolls. This geographic separation and modest economic opportunities create significant public health challenges that local officials and clinicians expect to manage with the assistance of broadly implemented health IT, targeted policy changes and effective public service campaigns.
“Congratulations to the people of American Samoa on this significant step toward better healthcare and improved population health,” said Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere president and CEO. “Every time I speak with leadership at LBJ and the Department of Health, they talk about this overarching goal of improving standards of care for their people. We applaud these efforts to connect healthcare facilities and track health indicators throughout the islands. OpenVista is a great tool for this scenario and for the goals American Samoa leadership expects to achieve.”
Through OpenVista Population Health, LBJ and the DOH can now track and evaluate data from all over the territory. Officials can generate reports on overall community health, look for trends in specific areas and villages, provide information to public health registries and more easily remain vigilant in the fight against rheumatic heart disease, a particular local challenge. OpenVista Population Health was implemented along with a full clinical package; necessary interfaces; OpenVista Insight registration, scheduling and billing modules; and SQL tools for financial reporting.
As an unincorporated U.S. territory, American Samoa is eligible for Meaningful Use funds and is in the midst of qualifying for Stage 1. Local leaders expect to cover most, if not all, of the costs of OpenVista through Meaningful Use.
About LBJ Tropical Medical Center
Opened in 1968, the Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center (LBJ) is a regional acute care facility licensed for 150 beds and located on the island of Tutuila, the main island of the American Samoa group; it serves the entire population of Tutuila, Aunu'u and the Manu'a Islands. LBJ offers a full-range of primary care clinic services and some subspecialty services to the population of American Samoa.