HUMC taps VA spinoff VistA to earn $3 million in stimulus funds

By Jeff Rowe
09:48 AM

Using a commercial spinoff of the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA EHR, the Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) recently achieved Stage One Meaningful Use.

The 328-bed New Jersey hospital has been working with Medsphere Systems Corporation, having gone live with Medsphere’s OpenVista in the spring of 2011. According to Medsphere, HUMC will receive an estimated $8 million overall in federal stimulus funds, $3 million of that this year.

[Related: VA plans new VistA medical scheduling system.]

OpenVista is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services that leverages the VA’s VistA EHR, which is widely credited with helping transform the VA into the nation’s most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. In addition to the VA’s healthcare system, the Indian Health Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, uses a closely related VistA-based EHR known as the Resource and Patient Management System.

Medsphere’s subscription-based 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. 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.

[Measures: Pricing VA's 21st centruy IT transfromation.]

According to statistics provided at the end of September by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), slightly less than 10 percent of all U.S. hospitals have met Meaningful Use requirements and received stimulus funds.

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