Houston, Texas: Executive Software Systems, Inc. (ESSI), a
leader in VistA development and implementation outside the Veterans Administration, announces a successful implementation of Free/Open Source VistA medical information software in a family practice outpatient clinic. The implementation has had no downtime since May 2004 when it was introduced to the Spring Branch Community Health Center (SBCHC) established by Dr. Patrick McColloster. Dr.McColloster has stated that the software is very successful for SBCHC. The recently opened Spring Branch Community Health Center Dedication is scheduled for June 30, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. at its location on the corner of Kempwood and Blalock, Houston, Texas.
Features of this software (derived from April 2004 FOIA VistA at the Houston
VistA Community meeting, and then modified by ESSI) include the following:
- Registration of new patients and Appointment Scheduling modules.
- CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) as an EMR system built
incrementally from components
incorporating features for patient encounters, allergy and problem
list entry, the use of electronic orders for outpatient medications, lab
requests, and consult/procedures, and the use of progress notes,
templates, and consults in conjunction with an integrated scanning and
screen IMAGE capture module called from within the Computerized Patient
Record System (CPRS).
- Other CPRS features include:
- Prescription writing capability with ability to print prescriptions for filling by an outside pharmacist.
- Customized templates for progress note generation.
- Nurse practitioner and other Nursing progress note support,
including vitals entry
- Social and psychiatric counseling
- Immunization module including template with reminder dialog
which includes all Pediatric immunizations
- Billing and Accounting software integrated with the EMR system from
CPRS through customization of VistA’s Billing and Accounts
Receivable packages for the generation and auditing of bills with
payment transactions, and the generation of HCFA 1500 forms for
Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance carriers.ESSI is currently part of a team of developers of Free/Open Source VistA,
and has been so since its conception. ESSI staff include a variety of
professionals necessary for high quality completion of projects involving
both standard and custom software, support services to hospitals, other
medical facilities, practice management groups, and individual physicians.
ESSI was the major sub-subcontractor for the Pacific Telehealth & Technology
Hui Project (2002-2003), which ported a version of FOIA VistA to GT.M on
Linux. ESSI did the project management, the full documentation, and testing
environment with the software system. Also included was a parameter
generator for use in future software development, allowing flexible
customization of software to enable/disable specific subsystems.
ESSI personnel can be reached at email@example.com. Visit http://www.medessi.com for additional information for installation, customization and support.