Following our community call on April 17, OSEHRA received feedback from multiple members suggesting that we reply to the VA RFIs on “Supplemental Commercial Health Information Technology Platform”, and “VistA Commercialization”. While we obviously do not compete for such contracts, the members felt that we could offer comments on the requirements from an open source perspective. Accordingly, OSEHRA submitted responses to each of the RFIs. Copies of these responses were made available to our members on the day of submission. We are now making them available for public
The first meeting date for our previously-announced Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP) Technical Working Group (TWG) is being changed to accommodate some last-minute schedule conflicts. The new date and time will be Monday, May 8 at 3PM Eastern Time. We appreciate your patience as we juggle several very busy schedules!
A new Technical Working Group (TWG) is being established for VA’s Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP). It will provide a forum for the discussion of open source software issues for the eHMP project, and ensure that the community is well-informed and has the opportunity to participate in eHMP as part of the open source software initiative.
At 2PM yesterday afternoon, OSEHRA hosted a community call to highlight three recent VA RFIs ("VistA MUMPS Analysis Tooling”, “VistA Commercialization” and “Supplemental Commercial Health Information Technology Platform”).
As many of you know, VA recently released a flurry of RFIs, including "VistA MUMPS Analysis Tooling”, “VistA Commercialization” and “Supplemental Commercial Health Information Technology Platform”. OSEHRA requested an extension on the first of these, but did not see the extension in time, and already submitted our response at Noon today. The responses are now due on 4/19, 4/26, and 4/25, respectively.
In October, the OSEHRA Community responded to an RFI in support of VA's Digital Health Platform Strategy (DHP). According to the Office of Information and Technology, "DHP is a cloud-based technology platform integrating Veteran data from VA, military and commercial electronic health records (EHRs), applications, devices and wearables to a Veteran’s healthcare team in real-time." Very recently, VA launched a website that shows the vision of DHP and provides individual story lines to illustrate the process.
I would like to call your attention to an article written by Roger Baker just published in Federal Computer Week, which was picked up by OSEHRA as a Google Alert.
The article "Open source is so much more than free code" underscores the challenges and benefits of embracing open source approaches, and it highlights how OSEHRA has used software management and community collaboration to become a leader in open source efforts.