Open Source Powers 1 of 9 Elite Stage 6 Hospitals

Midland Memorial Hospital is recognized as one of 9 US Hospitals to achieve Stage 6 adoption of Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

In a story that received little recognition from the press, Midland Memorial Hospital was one of nine hospitals to achieve a level six of the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) established by HIMSS Analytics. Midland, of course, is most well known for being the first commercial hospital to implement the much recognized VistA Electronic Health Record. Having convinced Midland to purchase this system, and having assembled an incredible group of talented people to perform what many considered impossible, I think those involved should have a wonderful sense of pride and achievement. Equally important, was the foresight and leadership of David Whiles, Director of Information Systems, and his supportive Chief Executive Officer, Russell Meyers who took a chance on a unproven company with a very proven system.

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ClearHealth Community Call, March 6th, 12:00pm pacific

The next ClearHealth Community Call will take place March 6th at 12:00pm pacific time. The primary topic of the call will be a close up look at the new features in version 2.2 including PDF Forms/Report features and brief tutorial, brief Introduction to ClearHealth API Services BETA, Graphing features, using alert reports and RSS. There will be a few minutes for general questions and comments. The call in number is: (641) 715-3200 then 621076#, dimdim to provide a shared desktop for users on Windows, Linux or OSX *see body).

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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Releases RFQ to Pilot VistA in Public Health System

February 28 , 2008 – The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan announces the
release of a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for two pilot implementations
of the US Veterans Administration’s VistA in its public health system. A
key goal of the pilots is to determine the feasibility of leveraging
this proven, affordable, open source ICT solution to support continuous
health quality improvement, and to control and reduce costs. The Kingdom
of Jordan enjoys one of the highest standards of care in the region and
aims to build on this success through the establishment of an
effective, sustainable, integrated national healthcare ICT
infrastructure. Vendors interested in participating in this
ground-breaking initiative may obtain a copy of the RFQ, by sending an
email to the following address: HMIS “at” RHC “dot” JO, with the subject
line: RFQ Document Request – VistA Pilot. The body of the email should
state the name of the vendor, contact person, and telephone number. The
deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent to Bid is March 31, 2008. The
deadline for responding to the RFQ is April 12, 2008.