VistA EHR Workshop at SUNY Albany Open Source Festival 2014

UAlbany’s Student Chapter of ASIS&T Presents

Open Source Festival Workshops

As part of the 4th Open Source Festival at SUNY Albany, the following two workshop will take place on Friday March 28th:


Creating VistA Extensions - Open Source in Healthcare


Where: SUNY Albany, Science Library Building : SLG20

When: Friday March 28, 20141 pm - 4 pm


Workshop Overview:

Healthcare consumes 18% of GDP in the US, while the nation ranks 28th in measures of healthcare quality. Less than 50% of hospitals in the US currently use computer systems to manage patient information: electronic health records (EHR). In the meantime, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed and used for more than four decades: VistA the most advanced EHR system worldwide. VistA is considered one of the main reasons why the VA provides the highest quality of healthcare in the US, at much lower cost than any of the public and private sector providers.  In this workshop, VistA experts from DSS Inc will introduce attendees to some of the basic concepts in VistA, and to the development of extensions for its interface CPRS. No background on VistA is required to participate. Attendees will be introduced to all basic concepts during the workshop.


Workshop Leaders:

Kevin Wright is Software Engineer at DSS Inc., where he provides leadership and expertise on the development of CPRS extensions for VistA. Kevin is currently developing extension to CPRS, that will support the deployment of VistA at the clinical centers of the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Health (OMH).


Fabian Lopez is Program Manager at DSS Inc., and one of the strongest promoters of the open source community around VistA. Fabian leads the activities of the vxVistA Hub, where regular webinars are published on topics related to VistA, its use and its development.


Luis Ibanez is Director of Open Source Community Development at OSEHRA, the organization that promotes the open source electronic health records community around VistA.