Medsphere Systems has signed a new contract with Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham, Alaska, for implementation of the OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) and associated clinical transformation services.

Medsphere’s OpenVista is the commercialized version of the VistA EHR created and developed by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over 20 years ago and credited with helping turn the agency into a national leader in quality patient care.

The county-owned medical center will take advantage of OpenVista’s comprehensive clinical support and Medsphere’s rapid implementation process to affordably improve care and secure the maximum federal stimulus funding.

Cooper Green Mercy Hospital CEO Sandral Hullett said OpenVista is the financially responsible choice, especially for a county facility, and requires Cooper Green to sacrifice nothing in terms of clinical IT support as compared with much, much more expensive systems.

"We selected the most clinically proven system in order to qualify for the first year of [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] ARRA meaningful use payments. With OpenVista, we are able to achieve both our clinical and financial goals, and that was not possible with other choices," Hullett said.

In addition to OpenVista, Cooper Green will also implement Stockell Healthcare Systems’ Insight CS financial and patient accounting solution.

Medsphere and Stockell have previously collaborated on the implementation of a comprehensive, end-to-end system.