Columbia Basin Hospital, a critical access hospital in Ephrata, Wash., will implement electronic health records software and has outsourced management of its information technology operations.

The hospital is the first customer resulting from a partnership of bundled services by consulting firm Phoenix Health Systems of Dallas, and hospital EHR vendor Medsphere Systems Corp., Carlsbad, Calif. Phoenix Health has licensed the OpenVista EHR of Medsphere, and will market the software, implementation and outsource services to small rural hospitals of under 100 beds, particularly critical access hospitals. Under the license and partnership, Medsphere's periodic upgrades of OpenVista will be available to Phoenix Health's clients at no additional cost.

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