Sacred Oak Medical Center Selects OpenVista Electronic Health Record

New Houston-area behavior health facility chooses affordable, open platform solution

Houston, TX, and Carlsbad, CAMedsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable electronic health record (EHR) solutions and services, today announced that Sacred Oak Medical Center has chosen the OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) system for implementation. The brand new Houston-based inpatient behavioral health hospital will open later this summer with 20 beds and expand over time to an 80-bed capacity.

Sacred Oak is managed by RedShift Healthcare Management and Consulting, a Houston firm providing services focused on hospital management, mergers and acquisitions and rural healthcare networks.

"The benefits of EHR implementation apply to behavioral health care and addiction treatment, just as they do in acute medical care,” said RedShift Managing Partner Starsky Bomer. “The origins of OpenVista in VA VistA made Medsphere the clear choice for our needs, as did the improvements OpenVista has enabled at IntraCare North, another Houston-area behavioral health hospital, as well as Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut and other facilities. It would be great to get federal Meaningful Use financial support for an EHR purchase, but the affordability of OpenVista makes it much less of an issue.”

On top of the specific behavioral health functionality built into the VA VistA system, Medsphere has developed OpenVista for community facilities by adding a Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Plan (MDTP) module and improved discharge summary capabilities, among other improvements.

“Medsphere congratulates RedShift on establishing Sacred Oak Medical Center and we look forward to enabling additional, improved care for area patients,” said Irv Lichtenwald, Medsphere president and CEO, “As recent studies have shown, there simply is not sufficient behavioral health care in the United States, and the care that is available is very expensive. RedShift is working to fill the gap and do so in a way that keeps costs down while still providing compassionate, comprehensive patient care.”

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 RedShift Healthcare Management and Consulting

Managing an eclectic client list from the Houston, Texas, home base, RedShift Healthcare Management and Consulting provides the tools healthcare organizations need to flourish. Focused on hospital management, mergers and acquisitions and rural health networks, RedShift works to instill a defined culture of success, enthusiasm and trust in all client organizations. With organizational commitment and shared vision, RedShift believes healthcare organizations can improve both the care provided and the bottom line to the benefit of all. 

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