Electronic health record developer Medsphere Systems Corp. and British Telecommunications (BT) have reached an agreement in which they will jointly promote Medsphere’s OpenVista EHR under a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.

The companies say Medsphere, the most experienced developer and implementer of VistA-derived EHR solutions outside the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will work with BT to promote the affordability of Medsphere’s business model and the proven nature of OpenVista by making the EHR available as a hosted service. The service will be available in the U.S. and will be based on BT Compute platform using a private cloud model.

"As the financial benefits of Meaningful Use wane and hospitals move toward maximizing the use of health IT solutions, it has become clear that interoperability, not just interfacing, is a predominant issue moving forward; so is providing EHRs and other solutions for hospitals with limited resources," the partners said. "In SaaS OpenVista, Medsphere and BT see a solution that satisfies both concerns."

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