President's Blog

Passing of Dr. Jack Taylor

With great sorrow, we want to let our community know that Jack Taylor, M.D., affectionately known to us as “Dr. Jack”, passed away yesterday morning.  Many of you know his story, from his service in Vietnam through his career as a general surgeon in the Navy, and his passionate advocacy for the care of our Veterans.  He was also an early supporter of open source, and co-chaired OSEHRA’s Architecture Work Group for the past six years.

House Hearings on July 25

I would like to call your attention to the upcoming congressional hearing entitled "VistA Transition: Assessing the Future of an Electronic Health Records Pioneer", which will be held on Thursday 25 July at 10am in the House Visitors Center, Room 210.  The hearing will be available online as well.  The Committee customarily welcomes comments from interested parties.  We encourage you to take this opportunity to get in touch with the House Subcommittee on VA Technology Modernization and express your perspective on issues related to VistA.

North Carolina RFP for EHR

Last week, an RFP was issued for the Cumberland County Department of Public Health (DPH). Cumberland County, North Carolina is seeking proposals from qualified firms to supply an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system to support the County Department of Public Health clinical and ancillary operations.

OSEHRA Board Election Results

OSEHRA’s Board of Directors met last week, and while reviewing the nominees for this year's Board member election, decided to exercise one of two available Board expansion seats.  Prior to this meeting, we were poised to start the Board election today, with Robert Missroon of DSS, Inc. running unopposed for the Open Source Industry Seat, and two candidates for the Organizational Membership Seat (Mike O’Neill, of Medicasoft, and George Rollins, of Perspecta). 

Happy 27th Birthday Linux

This week marks 27 years since Linus Torvalds first announced his “hobby operating system” to the world through a newsgroup post. Today Linux powers numerous facets of the world’s infrastructure and is a thriving legacy system because of successful open source practices. It has become the best-known open source operating system and we are delighted to see many within our community sharing their memories and excitement.

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