Medsphere, Tolven merge open-source EHR platforms
ORLANDO—Medsphere Systems has formed a partnership with Tolven Healthcare Innovations, which will coordinate the ongoing efforts of the two Open Source entities with the intention of improving healthcare by developing clinical and administrative tools. The agreement was announced at the 2008 HIMSS conference.

Medsphere of Aliso Viejo, Calif., said its OpenVista EHR is a commercialized Open Source version of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA solution. The Carmel, Ind.-based Tolven provides healthcare with an Open Source, standards-based EHR platform.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tolven makes OpenVista a technology independent tool, giving it the versatility necessary to interact with any number of applications and technologies, the company said. This means healthcare facilities can maximize the use of existing technological tools in a single interactive solution, Medsphere said.

The agreement with Tolven is part of a broader Surround, Supplement, Renew strategy Medsphere is implementing, which will make OpenVista data available through the Tolven platform to the Tolven Electronic Personal and Clinician Health Record solutions, as well as other applications and devices based on other technologies, according to Medsphere.