President's Blog

New Synthetic Patient Data Project Group

OSEHRA is pleased to announce the formation of a new Open Source Project Group focused on the generation of synthetic patient data. This project group will work to develop an open source toolset for creating clinically valid synthetic data and import it into VistA and RPMS for testing. Existing products and services such as Synthea and MiHIN will be surveyed, and will serve as the launch points for this project.

Discussion on Future of eHMP on October 18

We would like to thank Dr. Shane McNamee and his partners for Wednesday’s presentation on the most recent accomplishments of the Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP) project.  We encourage those who were unable to attend to view the recording of the call, which will be available next week here.

Final eHMP TWG Meeting on October 11, 2017

The next Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.   Dr. Shane McNamee of the Veterans Health Administration will present a series of new capabilities in eHMP related to discharge care coordination.  Join us to see a demo of this functionality which will likely be included in future software releases to OSEHRA.

eHMP TWG Meeting on September 18, 2017

The next Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017.  The meeting will focus on how to create an eHMP app using the open source development tools provided in the Apache 2.0 release of eHMP.  Sam Habiel of OSEHRA will present the progress he has made, show the community where to find his code, and solicit feedback on next steps for the app.

Next eHMP TWG Meeting Scheduled

The next Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP) Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting has been scheduled.  The meeting will feature a special presentation by Organizational Member, KRM Associates, Inc. on their Light Enterprise Application Framework (LEAF) which utilizes features of eHMP.  Jack Shaffer, Chief Operations Officer of KRM will outline KRM's work with eHMP as well as how they were able to create LEAF from eHMP.

Summit 2017 Proceedings Available

I would like to thank all those who participated in the 2017 Open Source Summit. Many of you contributed to the success of this year’s event by serving as sponsors, exhibitors, session chairs, moderators, speakers, panel members, committee members, poster presenters, Leadership Award recipients, and engaged attendees. Thank you all for sharing your talent and time with us this year.

VA Announces New EHR Platform

The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday announced a decision to select a new electronic health record system based on the same platform that DoD purchased a couple of years ago.  The announcement recognizes many unique needs of VA that differ from the DoD.  VA would thus not be implementing an identical EHR.  VA is trying to create a future health IT ecosystem that takes advantage of previous investments with this new platform, as well connections with many other IT systems in the private sector.

OSEHRA RFI Responses Posted

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

Change to First Meeting Date for New eHMP Technical Working Group

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!

New eHMP Technical Working Group to Convene on May 1, 2017

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.