September 17, 2008

Medsphere and Hewlett-Packard Host First Annual Collaborative Healthcare Forum

 WHAT:    Medsphere and HP will co-host the Collaborative Healthcare Forum,          a summit focusing on the benefits of electronic health records          (EHRs), Open Source technology and improvements in patient care.          Executives from more than 350 healthcare providers across the          country have been invited to New York City this fall to          collaborate, learn best practices, share success stories and work          to improve the quality and decrease the cost of healthcare using          Open Source tools. WHEN:    Thursday, October 2, 2008 WHERE:   Westin Hotel--Times Square, New York, NY WHY:     The future effectiveness of America's healthcare system depends          on collaboration. While traditional vendor-based solutions are          neither cost-effective nor interoperable with existing systems,          Open Source technology is a proven and viable option. Many          healthcare industry leaders and government officials are now          looking to EHR mandates to increase adoption of healthcare          technology, and Open Source provides the only realistic          alternative in identifying a truly universal solution.          The Collaborative Healthcare Forum will explore innovative          solutions to healthcare's current problems, including the          potential of Open Source electronic records; high acuity care          delivery automation for emergency, perioperative and critical          care departments; and the integration of devices, systems, people          and healthcare organizations. The discussion is timely.          Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) recently introduced legislation          requiring the federal government to establish standards for an          interoperable health IT system and to create an Open Source          health IT system that would be made available to all healthcare          providers at little or no cost. WHO:     Collaborative Healthcare Forum speakers will include the          following industry experts:          Dr. John Halamka -- CIO of the CareGroup Health System, CIO and          Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the          New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN),          CEO of MA-SHARE, Chair of the US Healthcare Information          Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and a practicing emergency          physician. Dr. Halamka will address Open Source electronic health          records, covering both their potential for use and caveats.          Larry Augustin -- founder of VA Linux and a pioneer in Open          Source technology. Mr. Augustin will address the value of          technological collaboration within the healthcare system.          Ken Kizer -- former Undersecretary of Health in the U.S.          Department of Veterans Affairs and founding president and CEO of          the National Quality Forum. Dr. Kizer will discuss in depth the          most successful EHR solution in the U.S. today -- the U.S.          Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA system.          Jeffrey Miller -- vice president, Worldwide Health and Life          Sciences Industries, Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). Mr. Miller          will speak about developing technology solutions that increase          access to vital information and improve patient care by          integrating technology, devices and providers, thereby providing          insight into decision-making within healthcare organizations that          increases productivity.          Medsphere -- Senior executives will share insight into the Open          Source business model, adoption challenges and clinical          transformation using Open Source EHRs. CONTACT: Media interested in finding out more about this event should          contact Marisa Borgasano or Lily Eng of Schwartz Communications          at (415) 512-0770 or [email protected] 

For more information, please visit the First Annual Collaborative Healthcare Forum for the conference agenda. For media registration, the form can be found on the lower portion of the website.

About Medsphere Systems Corporation

As the Open Source source for healthcare, Medsphere is revolutionizing the industry by delivering commercially supported software based on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' proven VistA electronic health record (EHR). Medsphere offers healthcare an economically sustainable and comprehensive solution in OpenVista(R), a portfolio of products and professional services for hospitals, clinics, and integrated delivery networks. The company addresses the capital constraints of the healthcare industry through an innovative subscription-based pricing model. Medsphere's experienced team of healthcare technology professionals and unique suite of implementation tools deliver a fluid transition to a comprehensive healthcare information technology solution. Founded in 2002, Medsphere is backed financially by Azure Capital Partners, Thomas Weisel Venture Partners, and the Wasatch Venture Fund. For more information, visit

 CONTACT: Marisa Borgasano Lily Eng Schwartz Communications (415) 512-0770 [email protected]

SOURCE: Medsphere