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InrtaCare Behavioral Health System in Texas Chooses OpenVistA Electronic Medical Record System from Medsphere

Posted Mar 06 2013 6:01pm

You may or may not be aware of Medsphere but they have been around for a while and offer a commercialized version of the VA VistA EHR with an updated dot net front end.  They received another contract today in Texas and IntraCare has 3 facilities.  I don’t know if this is the case in Texas or not but mental health in general all across the country has been under some some major budget cut hatchets.  Back in 2008 Medsphere made one of the fastest roll outs of their EHR system and then the hospital ended up going bankrupt.  It’s one of those odd stories with a top class hospital on the outskirts of Beverly Hills that nobody would fund.  It was a great hospital too. 

On the east coast too, hospitals were able to save substantial amount of money using OpenVistA.   Medsphere is venture capital backed by several firms.  The system also has mobile applications and uses Java to connect to MUMPS. With the same back end structure as the VA and Epic it does make it a little easier with sharing records too.  BD 



Press Release:

HOUSTON & CARLSBAD, Calif., Mar 06, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable and interoperable IT platform solutions, today announced that Houston's IntraCare Behavioral Health will implement the company's OpenVista electronic health record (EHR).

IntraCare, a community-based provider of comprehensive behavioral health services for children, adolescents and adults, identified OpenVista's flexibility and open architecture, as well as Medsphere's rapid implementation process and clinical transformation services, as the most effective path to improved patient care.

"Our decision to go with OpenVista was influenced by both the success and reputation of VistA atimage VA hospitals and our seeing OpenVista in action at Silver Hill Hospital, another Medsphere client," said IntraCare President Deo Shanker. "We were very impressed with the Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Plan that Medsphere and Silver Hill collaboratively developed. It was clear to us that, given the affordability and flexibility of OpenVista, this was the optimal solution for IntraCare."

The OpenVista Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Plan (MDTP) module IntraCare executives saw in use at Silver Hill enhances clinical workflows and enables clinicians and other care team members to plan, coordinate, and document individual components of the care plan and track progress toward overarching goals. MDTP also uses plan update prompts and notifications to support treatment team compliance with regulatory requirements.

"Philosophically, Deo Shanker and his team are very much aligned with what Medsphere is trying to achieve and we are very pleased to have IntraCare as a partner," said imageIrv Lichtenwald, Medsphere president and CEO. "Like us, they believe that quality healthcare enabled by comprehensive health IT should be available to all patients, regardless of geography or financial resources. Medsphere looks forward to the collaboration."

Medsphere's OpenVista is the commercialized version of the 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 IntraCare Behavioral Health

IntraCare Behavioral Health offers a continuum of mental health and services to Houston-area children, adolescents and adults. Serving the community through IntraCare North Hospital and affiliated clinics, the organization provides assessments and evaluations, crisis stabilization, medication management, nursing services, social and therapy services, activities therapy, comprehensive individualized treatment and discharge planning, detoxification and relapse prevention. Accredited by the Joint Commission, IntraCare is guided by an organizational ethos focused on courtesy, dignity and hope.

About Medsphere and OpenVista

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an award-winning organization of clinical and technology professionals working to make quality health IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere's OpenVista is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services that leverages an (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This VistA EHR is widely credited with helping transform the VA into the nation's most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. OpenVista, the most fully commercialized VistA offspring, is a responsible reapplication of the VA's $8.5 billion investment, which recent studies show have yielded $3.09 billion in benefits, primarily from the near elimination of medication administration issues and duplicate testing.

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