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Lutheran Medical Center Goes Live with OpenVista Electronic Health Records In New York and 2 More In New Jersey Up Next

Posted Dec 08 2010 1:56am

Also on tap in the regional area, New Jersey’s Meadowlands Hospital, is going live image this week, and Hoboken University Medical Center, scheduled to go live in the first quarter of next year.  OpenVista is the commercialized version of the Department of Veterans Affairs VistA EHR.  Lutheran hospital has 476 beds and is a teaching hospital in Brooklyn.  Back in 2008 Medsphere took the VA system and created a commercial version that could be used outside of the VA.  Back in 2008 one hospital in Century City did a record time installation but about a year later this fine hospital on the outskirts of Beverly Hills, in the same area as Goldman Sachs, AIG, etc. in Century City had to go bankrupt and close, and it was a good hospital, but even when surrounded by the big corporate conglomerates next door, that had no effect on investors, sad.

Back on track here I also read recently where there was a web based version of the VA Vista system in the works or in the planning stage.  With all the other EHR systems out there Vista holds steady and still uses MUMPS as the back end which is the same as what Epic Meditech and a few others are built around.  Medsphere is venture capital backed by several firms.  The system also has mobile applications and uses Java to connect to MUMPS.  The name is actually called image the “M” network from MUMPS as it has been revised in name.  Barclays and Bank of England along with Ameritrade also use the “M” data base and their version on Wall Street is referred to as the GT.M open source data base and handles over 12 billion transactions over the web daily.  BD

Two weeks after implementation, physician CPOE adoption hits 93% for inpatient medication orders

BROOKLYN, N.Y., and SAN DIEGOLutheran Medical Center (LMC) and Medsphere Systems Corporation today announced the successful implementation of Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) solution throughout the hospital. The full service 476-bed teaching hospital is now on track to achieve meaningful use and qualify for millions of dollars made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Since implementing OpenVista only a few weeks ago, LMC has embraced the comprehensive open source health IT system throughout the facility. Clinician adoption of the system, the key to meeting meaningful use and true clinical transformation, is virtually universal. Now in its first stage toward a paperless environment, LMC physicians are entering 93 percent of medications through OpenVista’s Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) Module, far surpassing the 30 percent required by the federal government for meaningful use.

Managing over 627,000 outpatient and 66,000 emergency room visits annually, the 687 attending physicians, 200 residents and 600 nurses at LMC can now access a range of OpenVista features: CPOE, medication order management (pharmacy), laboratory, radiology, and nutrition and food service. Enhanced emergency room efficiency is also part of the solution through an ED Tracking Board that LMC developed and Medsphere will share with other clients through the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem.

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