Looking at VistA EHR and VA

Timely brief on VistA which is the EHR software available from the Department of Veteran Affairs.  With the recent activity by the VA for it is good background.  

Stephen Bowerman knows a bargain. He's chief financial officer at 320-bed Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital, among the first users of OpenVista, one of several versions of the "free" VistA electronic health record software available from the Department of Veterans' Affairs. (OpenVista is developed and supported by Medsphere, Carlsbad, Calif.)

The system had been in place for two years when he arrived at the county-owned hospital in 2009, and Midland had just been validated as Stage 6 in the HIMSS Analytics EMR adoption model. The presence of advanced information technology helped induce Bowerman to take the job despite Midland's $14 million loss in 2008. Switching to a new accounting information system and tightening procedures such as co-pay collection and insurance verification helped Midland move to a $1.5 million surplus in 2009.

Bowerman describes himself as a "dangerous" CFO for the I.T. department, because he started his health care career on the I.T. side, implementing a cost accounting system for a government hospital. "At least I can ask intelligent questions," he says.

 On costs

OpenVista is not free. The code is free, but how you implement it is not. If you had the resources and the right team you could implement it yourself, but we didn't feel like we had the resources. Medsphere helped tailor some of that free source code to our needs. We paid them to come out and help us implement the system and it wasn't cheap, but it was probably 30 percent to 40 percent of the cost of going with Epic or McKesson. It was early on and I'm sure Medsphere today could offer even more than they offered us. We were a beta site for some of their development and they've learned from us and can do it better. Our maintenance ticket is cheaper than it would be with one of the other guys.

Rest of article and source

Recent Entries

Virtual Desktops - The Right Medicine for Healthcare IT
by Mathew Hegarty  -- More and more healthcare organizations are turning to virtual desktops to address their challenges with the management, security…
Looking at VistA EHR and VA
Timely brief on VistA which is the EHR software available from the Department of Veteran Affairs.  With the recent activity…
Subway may be the first fast-food chain to utilize 2D barcode technology.
Its newest marketing scheme allows customers to use their mobile phones to collect redeemable loyalty points off of Subway products. Subway's…
Payment processing trends: What every operator should know
While there are many trends in the credit and debit card industry, security is the trend that most restaurants should…
PepsiCo in Recycling Push
Worried that most of its bottles and cans are going into the trash instead of the recycling bin, PepsiCo Inc.…
Embracing the Self-Service Economy
The past decade has witnessed a rapid growth in self service that allows consumers to take on the traditional role…
Integrating Self-Service Kiosks in a Customer-service System
Most hospitality companies have been implementing service channels with a goal of reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty, and reaching…
Integrating Self-Service Kiosks in a Customer-service System
Executive Summary:Most hospitality companies have been implementing self-service channels with a goal of reducing costs, increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty,…
Integrating Self-Service Kiosks in a Customer-service System
Vol 10 No 6By: Tsz-Wai Lui Ph.D. and Gabriele Piccoli Ph.D.Executive Summary:Most hospitality companies have been implementing self-service channels with a…
Wireless - Dawn of a brave new world for 4G
Natasha Royer Coons managing director, TeraNova• 09 Apr 2010Over the past five years, the evolution of wireless networks to 3G data speeds,…
Everybody Wants it for Free Syndrome
From SSKA Blog -- Twice a year there is a nice study on "Top Ten Mistakes of Kiosk Deployment" and…
Ariane Systems group to develop mobile self-service platform for the hospitality industry
PARIS, France, 19th March 2010 - Ariane Systems VIKI project selected in Aug-2009 and partially financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development…
Flaws in chip and pin bank card security identified
Scientists have identified security flaws in chip and pin technology that they say are so serious as to require a…
Self-service trends in 2010
Craig Keefner • 05 Jan 2010By the end of 2009, there were almost 30,000 DVD-vending kiosks deployed, with more on the way.…
Radiant Being Sued by Restaurants for violating PCI Compliance
Radiant being sued not over it's Aloha system which is PCI-validated but over the use of PC Anywhere.Restaurants Sue Vendor…
Lessons Learned From PCI Compliance
Assessors reveal mistakes companies make with data security standard. -- To help companies get ready for a an evaluation, we asked…
2009 Encryption and Key Management Industry Benchmark Report
Report from trust catalyst detailing the trends and obstacles to data encryptions, applications affected, and why it's important (average cost…
Tokenization Vs. End-to-End Encryption: Experts Weigh in
Pros and Cons of the Emerging Technologies Eyed to Improve Data SecurityOctober 19, 2009 - Linda McGlasson, Managing Editor Print Email Save  Digg Delicious RedditTokenization or…
Visa Announces New Data Encryption Practices
Visa has announced new global best practices for data field encryption, also known as end-to-end encryption - a much-discussed solution…
Heartland Tests End-to-End Encryption; Gets Good Reviews
In the first step of its move toward end-to-end encryption, Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) last week completed the first phase of its…



  |