This training program has been crafted as part of OSEHRA's Academic Affiliate program, and its Community Development initiatives; and builds on a collaboration with the Informatics Department at SUNY Albany.
The program started this Spring semester, with a new class on VistA Introduction, whose syllabus has been crafted in coordination with many members of the community. Thanks to all of you who are supporting and contributing to this effort.
The introductory class meets twice a week, in 80 minutes sessions, in a state of the art classroom:
at the new Business Building in SUNY Albany:
The main topics covered in this class are:
- Introduction to MUMPS (4 sessions)
- Introduction to VistA (6 sessions)
- Introduction to CPRS (2 sessions)
- Introduction to EWD (2 sessions)
The textbooks used in the class are:
- Best Care Anywhere by Phillip Longman
- Getting Started with VistA by Kathy Ice
- Standard MUMPS Pocket Guide by Rick Marshall
The program will move into its next phase, on the Fall 2014, with a second instantiation of the "VistA Introduction" class and, an additional "VistA Intermediate" class, that will more focused on VistA configuration and use.
The background and context of this academic program is described in more detail in the Open Health News article.
Special thanks to Jerry Sicard, who is co-teaching the class and sharing his extensive expertise on VistA with the students.