Oroville Hospital in California has announced that they are offering the e-prescribing module they created for the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) to the open source community. By doing so this makes the module free to any private organization that uses VistA.
ZH Healthcare has announced a new educational program to share knowledge and experience with the OpenEMR community. OpenEMR is an ONC-ATB Ambulatory EHR 2011-2012 certified electronic health records and medical practice management application.
The new OpenEMR education program will provide online webinars twice a month on specific features and usage techniques of the OpenEMR system. “ZH Healthcare is dedicated to support the OpenEMR community” says Shameem C. Hameed, Chairman of ZH Healthcare. “Because of the rich full features of the OpenEMR software coupled with the open source development approach of continual updates and enhancements, we recognize the need to have a better way to support and educate the growing community of OpenEMR users as well as those who are interested in learning more about an alternative EMR [Read more…]
Medsphere Systems Corporation is marking their tenth year in health information technology and they see clear indicators of growth with their open source EHR solutions and services. The company currently provides implementation, training, development and support services for hospitals, as well as full life-cycle development and help-desk support for numerous EHR applications.
Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR has enabled over 70 percent of the company’s eligible customer base to achieve Stage One Meaningful Use, with the rest expected to qualify for federal reimbursement within the fiscal year. According to analysis provided by Wells Fargo Securities, no proprietary vendor has qualified more than 45 percent of their customer base for Meaningful Use funds.
Medsphere’s record of enabling customer hospitals to achieve Meaningful Use is enhanced by the affordability of the company’s OpenVista platform and services; fully 100 percent of customers achieving Meaningful Use have received federal funds sufficient to cover the initial five-year costs for OpenVista.
“Looking at Medsphere’s progress at the 10-year mark, we are pleased with our growth trajectory and really excited [Read more…]
The Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA), a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software, today announced that registration is open for the First Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop. The Summit, the first conference for the organization, will be held October 17 and 18, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
The Summit will feature more than 30 eminent panelists and speakers, including government officials, health care leaders, clinical care providers and policymakers. The event will bring together the OSEHRA community, now totaling more than 1,000 members, for the first time and provide a venue for Open Source Health IT training and educational workshops.
“The first OSEHRA Open Source EHR Summit will celebrate and share the work [Read more…]
The VISTA Expo & Symposium has announced their first VISTA Extensions Challenge, running from July 10th through September 10th, with prizes to be award at the VISTA Expo.
The VISTA Extensions Challenge 2012 is hosted at www.vxHub.org , where developers can submit their entries, and all members of the VISTA community can vote. All extension developers will have the opportunity to present a webinar on their extension, and each extension will have its own information page.
To be eligible for the Challenge, a VISTA extension must be open source, and compatible with OSEHRA VISTA. It is recommended that the extension not require heavy code changes to the core system. Extensions may run on any platform, including mobile devices.
VISTA Extensions Challenge winners will receive prizes. Our sponsors are offering a variety of prizes, including cash and services, and early submitters [Read more…]
OSEHRA, (Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent) the nonprofit dedicated to advancing open source electronic health records and accelerating innovation in health care information technology, announced today it has surpassed 1,000 authenticated users.
The OSEHRA community includes individuals and organizations representing more than 100 companies, federal and state governments, and students and faculty from more than 20 academic institutions and brings together users, developers, vendors, and researchers who share an interest in advancing electronic health records and related technology.
Registered users of the OSEHRA platform have full access to its state of the art, open source software development toolset including [Read more…]
Medsphere and Guadalupe County Hospital have announced that Guadalupe has recently gone live on Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record . Medsphere’s open-source EHR solution makes it feasible for this 10-bed Santa Rosa, N.M., hospital–one of the smallest acute-care facilities in the country not designated critical access–to affordably improve patient care and attest for federal Meaningful Use funds.
The selection of Medsphere by Guadalupe and similar facilities points to a pressing need among smaller, resource-challenged hospitals for cost-effective health IT solutions like the OpenVista EHR.
“Our patients deserve quality care, even though they don’t live near a huge academic [Read more…]
Medsphere Systems Corporation and Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) today announced that MHMC has met Stage One Meaningful Use requirements using Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record. The Secaucus, New Jersey, hospital has received an initial reimbursement from the federal government that covers the five-year total cost of ownership for OpenVista.
For MHMC, a 230-bed facility with contrasting views of both the Manhattan skyline and New Jersey’s Meadowlands open space, the stimulus reimbursement comes in the midst of a significant transition. The hospital was recently purchased by MHA, a private equity group that has injected millions of dollars into an ongoing renaissance that is improving the physical facility, bringing in preeminent clinical specialists and transforming MHMC into one of the most technologically advanced healthcare organizations on the East Coast.
“The transition and ongoing enhancements at Meadowlands Hospital speak to owners, administrators and staff working [Read more…]
The community medical center will utilize OpenVista’s flexibility and comprehensive clinical support, as well as Medsphere’s implementation process and clinical transformation services, to affordably improve care and secure the maximum federal stimulus reimbursement.
“For community hospitals like Stilwell Memorial–safety net care providers, essentially–the OpenVista EHR meets a need that the larger healthcare technology companies simply don’t. Medsphere’s track record and unique ability to quickly provide clinical transformation under an affordable business model is unmatched,” said Alan Adams, CEO at Stilwell Memorial. “We are excited to collaborate with Medsphere and look forward to the same success in clinical improvement and federal stimulus funding that other [Read more…]
Medsphere Systems Corporation has announced that the company has accepted an invitation to join the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) community, adding the company’s experience with code convergence and implementation of VistA-based EHR solutions to the ongoing efforts of OSEHRA participants.
Established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in August 2011, OSEHRA is focused on establishing a code repository to enable developer collaboration and contribution to architectural and Web-based enhancements of the VA’s VistA electronic health record. [Read more…]