Wentz wows at EHR summit

Oroville Hospital CEO speaks at first-ever Open Source EHR Summit

Robert Wentz, CEO and president of Oroville Hospital, spoke about the hospital’s success in implementing open-source electronic health records at a summit held outside of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 and 18.

Wentz (pictured) spoke to a packed house during the keynote opening panel of the first-ever Open Source EHR Summit in National Harbor, Md., which was hosted by the Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent organization. Oroville Hospital was the first hospital in the nation to self-implement the open-source system, using VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) to digitize its patient records, according to an Oroville Hospital press release.

Open-sourcing is a practice already widely used in manufacturing, finance and retail but is a relatively new development in health care.