|By Business Wire
|November 8, 2012 07:00 AM EST
Systems Corporation and Guadalupe
County Hospital today announced that Guadalupe has received an
initial reimbursement in excess of $1.5 million for meeting Meaningful
Use Stage 1 requirements. Focused on moving American hospitals and
clinics away from paper to interoperable electronic systems, Meaningful
Use dollars will fully reimburse Guadalupe for the initial five-year
costs of Medsphere’s OpenVista system, which is now empowering
clinicians to improve patient care and clinical processes.
The smallest non critical-access hospital in the nation, Guadalupe is
also representative of thousands of similar healthcare facilities
nationwide that live close to the financial margins and still manage to
provide crucial local healthcare services.
“Medsphere congratulates Guadalupe County Hospital on achieving
Meaningful Use and working so diligently to improve patient care for the
Santa Rosa community,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald.
“Hospital CEO Christina Campos wears many hats and has infused the place
with a can-do spirit that her entire staff has embraced. Meaningful Use
qualification demonstrates the flexibility and affordability of
OpenVista at a wide range of hospitals, and it speaks volumes about the
team at Guadalupe.”
In qualifying for Meaningful Use, Guadalupe and Medsphere collaborated
on essential training, workflow redesign and clinical transformation
efforts. Moving forward, the hospital anticipates more financially
manageable health IT operating expenses as all OpenVista upgrades,
enhancements and support are included in Medsphere’s subscription-based
“I could not be more proud of the clinicians and staff I work with here
at Guadalupe County Hospital,” said Campos. “Their directed efforts and
support for the project ensured our success, and their embrace of
OpenVista in the hospital is making a tremendous difference. I’m very
pleased that Guadalupe can serve as an example to similar
facilities—comprehensive health IT is available to all hospitals, not
only those with huge endowments in urban areas.”
Guadalupe joins other Medsphere hospital partners who have received
federal stimulus funds. Earlier this year, Cooper
Green Mercy Hospital (Birmingham, AL) and Beauregard
Memorial Hospital (DeRidder, LA) received federal reimbursement
sufficient to defray most of the five-year total licensing costs for the
OpenVista EHR. New Jersey’s Meadowlands
Hospital Medical Center (MHMC) also received an initial federal
reimbursement large enough to cover the entire five-year cost of
In late 2011, California’s Kern
Medical Center received more than $5 million from the federal
government, with in excess of $11 million expected in total. Earlier,
Memorial Hospital received $3.3 million of more than $7 million
expected over the life of the Meaningful Use program. Hoboken
University Medical Center, an MHMC neighbor, last year received
about $3 million of an estimated $8 million in total federal
About Guadalupe County Hospital
Guadalupe County Hospital is a general medical facility providing adult
and pediatric care. With a full-time staff of 45, including
administrative staff, this 10-bed acute care hospital handles roughly
250 admissions and 2,500 emergency room visits per year. Located in
Santa Rosa, N.M., 117 miles east of Albuquerque on Interstate 40,
Guadalupe serves the entire county of fewer than 4700 people.
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.
is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services
that leverages an electronic health record (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,
studies show have yielded $3.09 billion in benefits, primarily from
the near elimination of medication administration issues and duplicate
pricing model enables hospital, clinic and integrated delivery
network customers to pay for OpenVista from their operating budget with
no upfront costs or back-end balloon payments. Expert implementation
and other services facilitate fluid and rapid transition to a paperless
clinical environment focusing on best practices and evidence-based
medicine in six to nine months. Medsphere also actively nurtures the Healthcare
Open Source Ecosystem, a global community of customers, partners,
developers and other online collaborators who drive OpenVista
innovation, and provide a parallel development and support structure.
Learn more about Medsphere’s OpenVista at www.medsphere.com.
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