W.Va. taps Medsphere to install VistA

VA-based software will be installed in seven WVA hospitals

By Bob Brewin

Mesdsphere Systems Corp. said the State of West Virginian has awarded it a contract to install the company's open-source version of Department of Veterans Affairs VistA electronic health record (EHR) software in seven state-operated acute care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and long-term care facilities

Medsphere said the Bureau for Behavior Health and Health Facilities of West Virginia's Department of Health and Human Resources selected Medsphere to supply and deploy its OpenVista software suite in order to create a complete electronic repository of patient information in state hospitals. The company did not provide the value of the contract.

.Martha Walker, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said deployment of the Medsphere EHR system is a key part of health care reform efforts in the state which will help cut costs having all records electronically available to state hospital health care providers.

Medspehre said OpenVista will be installed at Welch Community Hospital (Welch), Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital (Huntington), William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital (Weston), Hopemont Hospital (Hopemont), Lakin Hospital (Lakin), John Machin Sr. Health Care Center (Fairmont), and Pinecrest Hospital (Beckley).

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