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BT offers Medsphere EHR service in USA

Steve Rogerson
January 21, 2015
British Telecom is to offer Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) service in the USA under a software-as-a-service model, to help relieve hospitals of IT responsibilities. The service will be based on BT Compute using a private cloud model.
"This is a challenging but exciting time to be in American healthcare because there is so much uncertainty and change,” said Bas Burger, president of BT in the Americas. “But change means exciting new ideas and opportunities for the best ideas to rise to the top, which is at the heart of our relationship with Medsphere. BT believes secure, hosted solutions and open, accessible platforms provide the best alternative for many hospitals.”
As the financial benefits of meaningful use wane and hospitals move towards increasing the use of health IT systems, it has become clear that interoperability, not just interfacing, is a predominant issue moving forward.
“Medsphere and BT have taken some time to get to know one another, so we know there is a shared ethic of doing what is best for both American healthcare consumers and our respective companies,” said California-based Medsphere president and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Hospitals are moving away from localised servers and onsite support to reliable remote access. With this relationship, Medsphere and BT are meeting the needs of all hospitals.”
Medsphere has proven the effectiveness of Vista outside the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) through implementations of OpenVista in private and non-federal facilities across the healthcare spectrum. The company also does development work on the VA’s Vista system and the Vista-derived RPMS resource and patient management system used in Indian Health Service facilities. In total, Vista-based systems enhanced by Medsphere are implemented in more than 400 sites of care across the USA.
With BT’s networked communications heritage and strong health experience, the company’s vision is to transform the way healthcare is delivered, allowing organisations to save money, integrate information and improve the lives of patients and employees.