Midland (Texas) Memorial Hospital has selected QuadraMed Corp., Reston, Va., in a three-year deal worth $2.1 million to provide financial systems software to be connected with what is likely the first commercial installation at a U.S. acute-care hospital not in the Veterans Health Administration and using a version of the VAs Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, clinical information technology system.
In February 2005, Midland Memorial, a two-hospital system, entered into a deal with Medsphere Systems, Aliso Viejo, Calif., to use Medsphere's version of VistA as the centerpiece of a $7.1 million clinical IT system installation.
David Whiles, director of information systems at Midland Memorial, said the last hospital unit went live in June with the computerized patient record system, the key provider/VistA interface, and the hospital is in the midst of rolling out a bar-code medication administrating system.
Whiles said the hospitals legacy financial system is currently interfaced to the VistA clinical system, and while I dont see this as a drop-in replacement, I dont see any major obstacles to installing QuadraMeds revenue-cycle management software. The systems included in the package are patient registration, document management, electronic data interchange, patient accounting, scheduling and identity management.
QuadraMed is not a member of the VistA Software Alliance, a coalition of healthcare IT developers, consultants and systems integrators formed in 2004 to promote the private sector adoption of the VAs VistA system, though Medsphere is a member, according to Marlene Jones, VSA executive director.