Your Input Needed to VA Decisions on Fileman

As many of you know, two significant milestones are approaching related to VistA's core File Manager (Fileman) database product.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) is beginning the adoption process for MSC Fileman Version 22.2, which contains many enhancements developed by Medsphere Systems Corporation and by the open source community's 2012-13 FLAP (Fileman Lab Agile Project) effort. MSC Fileman 22.2 will be at the core of the aligned OSEHRA VistA to which so many of you have contributed through our code convergence efforts over the past several years. Simulataneously, OI&T is also beginning the process of developing specifications for Fileman Version 23, which would be the first full release of Fileman from VA in two decades.

It is not now clear whether VA will orient either of these efforts toward integral, non-piecemeal code intake, or toward alignment of portions of the MSC Fileman 22.2 code with VA's enhanced baseline of Fileman 22.0. Because of our ongoing commitment to the code alignment process, we think it is essential to provide a consistently high level of Fileman functionality to the entire community, including VA, in a single converged product.

We strongly encourage you to join VA's discussion on the future of Fileman so the open source community may make its views known and help to lay a robust product foundation going forward. VA is hosting a series of discussion teleconferences every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. If at all possible, please set aside this time to participate in these teleconferences. 

Please reply to Mike Henderson (hendersonm@osehra.org) with your name and email address, as well as those of anyone else in your organization who would be willing to engage in this discussion. We will ask VA to issue you a web conference invitation for the weekly teleconferences, the next of which is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thanks for your commitment to the future of VistA, Fileman, and the open source EHR!

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