Medsphere Systems, Carlsbad, Calif., has joined the parade of electronic health-record systems vendors offering a guarantee that providers using their system will meet so-called “meaningful use” criteria required to be eligible for federal EHR subsidy payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A number of developers of EHR systems for the ambulatory-care market already have come out with various forms of guarantees to office-based physicians, but the Medsphere offer is for hospitals. Those that sign a contract before Dec. 31 this year “are guaranteed to achieve full implementation and meet federal meaningful-use standards by Jan. 31, 2011,” the company promised in a news release Wednesday. The first “payment year” under the Medicare portion of the subsidy law is 2011. The Medsphere product offering, called OpenVistA, is a version of the VistA clinical IT system developed by the Veterans Affairs Department.