MedSphere, ProSphere partner on VA work

July 29, 2015 in Medical Technology

Medsphere, an open source electronic health record company whose technology is based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA EHR, is partnering with contractor ProSphere Tek to work on a new VA project.

The work calls for developing  File Manager – known as FileMan – version 23. VA VistA’s core data management utility, enables the operation of VistA applications and modules, all working with integrated data.

Medsphere will focus specifically on enhancing FileMan to develop VistA’s fundamental data architecture and internal data management.

“We appreciate the trust both ProSphere and VA have shown in Medsphere’s VistA experience and expertise, especially with regard to FileMan,” said Medsphere President and CEO Irv Lichtenwald. “Medsphere has significantly enhanced FileMan for use outside the VA, and we contributed that version of FileMan to the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance, making it available to non-federal hospitals who want to affordably improve care.”

[See also: Medsphere makes big merger move.]

The VA has made clear that upgrades to FileMan are only one project in a much broader multi-year VistA modernization effort. Over time, VistA will be upgraded and made interoperable with the EHR system soon to be selected by the Department of Defense. (Medsphere was initially one of the vendors vying for that $11 billion DoD contract, in partnership with PwC, but was dropped from the running earlier this year.)

Interoperability and system improvements are intended to enable seamless medical records transfer as American military personnel move from the Military Health System to the Veterans Health Administration.
Medsphere is also currently working with Hewlett-Packard to test and remediate FileMan enhancements developed at the regional level in VA’s Veterans Integrated Service Networks That version, FileMan v22.2e, will soon be moved from class 3 to class 1 enterprise software as a result of the project and will be implemented as the core of VistA in all VA hospitals and clinics until FileMan 23 is completed and fully implemented.

[See also: BT bets on Medsphere’s ‘open’ EHR.]

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