Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in the US state of Alabama has deployed Medsphere Systems’ OpenVista open source electronic health record (EHR) to improve patient care.
The 319-bed hospital has implemented the solution to meet its ‘Stage One Meaningful Use’ requirements and qualify for federal stimulus funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Cooper Green CEO Dr Sandral Hullett said, "These are tough times in Jefferson County, and we feel fortunate that we were able to implement a comprehensive EHR without paying multimillions of dollars. Honestly, we could not have done that, so the OpenVista EHR was both timely and welcome."
Cooper Green will use the EHR to track Meaningful Use requirements including the use of computerised provider order entry for medication orders, drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions and electronic prescribing.
Medsphere president and CEO Irv Lichtenwald said the hospital CEO and county leaders should be commended for improving patient care without adding to budgetary shortfalls.
"The successful implementation of the OpenVista EHR at Cooper Green is a compelling example of responsible decision-making. Especially in these troubled economic times, public hospitals can still improve care without making financial matters worse for local government," Lichtenwald added.