Medsphere Contributes Enhanced Database Management System to VistA Open Source Community

Press Release | Medsphere, OSEHRA | October 16, 2012

OSEHRA community agrees on Medsphere’s MSC FileMan as initial collaborative development project; VA to adopt enhanced DBMS in agency health facilities

CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of affordable health IT solutions and services, this week announced that the company is contributing the enhanced Medsphere Systems File Manager (MSC FileMan) database management system to OSEHRA, the nonprofit open-source organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in health care information technology.

With the contribution of MSC FileMan, which the OSEHRA community selected for collaborative development via a FileMan Unification Project at last month’s VistA Expo in Seattle, Medsphere both endorses a collaborative approach to VistA development and provides enhanced code around which the community can coalesce. Already, the FileMan Unification Project has garnered strong stakeholder support and will include VA adoption of the unified MSC FileMan in agency hospitals following OSEHRA community development.

“Medsphere’s long history of code convergence and open source development of VistA—the FileMan enhancements we plan to adopt are a perfect example—will have a profound impact on OSEHRA, VistA and health IT more broadly,” said Seong K. Mun, PhD, president and CEO of OSEHRA.

More specifically, Mun added, “Medsphere’s MSC FileMan is the optimal VistA-derived database solution and the OSEHRA community—Document Storage Systems, Inc., the Indian Health Service, WorldVistA, the VistA Expertise Network and Medsphere—agrees that it is a great place to start collaborating. We fully appreciate Medsphere’s commitment to enacting fundamental and necessary change.”

An extension of VA FileMan, MSC FileMan includes Medsphere enhancements—bug-fixes and significant new capabilities, including an internationalized data dictionary and a mouse-enabled ScreenMan—and all VA functionality, and it is backwards-compatible with any database created in VA FileMan. Enhancements to VA FileMan that Medsphere has made through work with the Indian Health Service (IHS), as well as modifications from other community sources, are also included.

“Medsphere is fundamentally aware that interoperability and affordability are probably the two primary obstacles to broad based improvement of healthcare through health IT,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Open development is the way to overcome both of these challenges. Medsphere enthusiastically supports OSEHRA and we are very pleased that the growing development community selected MSC FileMan as an initial development effort.”

For the past 10 years Medsphere has worked to commercialize VA’s VistA electronic health record (EHR) with the goal of offering non-federal hospitals an affordable alternative to the prohibitively expensive systems offered by most health IT companies. A crucial component in creating an affordable system is community development, which was expanded in October of last year when VA embarked on the OSEHRA project to facilitate EHR improvements through open source collaboration.


OSEHRA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, the organization supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record.

About Medsphere and OpenVista

Founded in 2002 and based in Carlsbad, Calif., Medsphere Systems Corporation is an award-winning organization of clinical and technology professionals working to make quality health IT solutions accessible to organizations of virtually any size, shape or budget. Medsphere’s OpenVista is a portfolio of clinical support products and professional services that leverages an electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This VistA EHR is widely credited with helping transform the VA into the nation's most efficient and clinically effective healthcare organization. OpenVista, the most fully commercialized VistA offspring, is a responsible reapplication of the VA’s $8.5 billion investment, which recent studies show have yielded $3.09 billion in benefits, primarily from the near elimination of medication administration issues and duplicate testing.

Medsphere’s subscription-based pricing model enables hospital, clinic and integrated delivery network customers to pay for OpenVista from their operating budget with no upfront costs or back-end balloon payments. Expert implementation and other services facilitate fluid and rapid transition to a paperless clinical environment focusing on best practices and evidence-based medicine in six to nine months. Medsphere also actively nurtures the Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem, a global community of customers, partners, developers and other online collaborators who drive OpenVista innovation, and provide a parallel development and support structure.

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