Lutheran Medical Center (LMC), in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the San Diego-based Medsphere Systems Corporation announced the successful implementation of Medsphere’s OpenVista electronic health record (EHR) solution throughout the hospital. The full service 476-bed teaching hospital is now on track to achieve meaningful use and qualify for meaningful use incentives available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Since implementing OpenVista only a few weeks ago, LMC has embraced the comprehensive open source health IT system throughout the facility. Clinician adoption of the system, the key to meeting meaningful use and true clinical transformation, is virtually universal. Now in its first stage toward a paperless environment, LMC physicians are entering 93 percent of medications through OpenVista’s Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) Module, far surpassing the 30 percent required by the federal government for meaningful use.
Managing more than 627,000 outpatient and 66,000 emergency room visits annually, the 687 attending physicians, 200 residents and 600 nurses at LMC can now access a range of OpenVista features: CPOE, medication order management (pharmacy), laboratory, radiology, and nutrition and food service. Enhanced emergency room efficiency is also part of the solution through an ED Tracking Board that LMC developed and Medsphere will share with other clients through the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem. The entire system becomes interoperable with third-party applications through Medsphere’s Interface Suite.