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VIdeos from Underground Railroad Banquet at George Mason University

Here are some videos from the Underground Railroad Banquet held at George Mason University June 5, 2012. 

Note Washington VA Chief of Staff Ross Fletcher's talk demonstrating iPad access to VistA, and an associated App Store for VA apps.  Ross is a poster boy for clinician/programmer collaboration in VistA, one of the key attributes of what made it so successful.

In Government Health IT ... Q&A with Harris President Jim Traficant on the 'genius' vision of open source in VA and DoD iEHR


Please see interesting interview conducted by Tom Sullivan, Editor, Government Health IT, with Jim Traficant of Harris Corporation, one of the leading federal contractors in the federal health IT space ...

... In the interview, Government Health IT spoke with Harris president Jim Traficant about service oriented architecture (SOA), the “genius” of working with the open source community on the iEHR, and projects where the federal government has succeeded by using this open source model....


TIU Test Data

On perusing the OSEHRA site I see references to development and testing tools, but do not see a specific reference to test data.

I am intersted in locating a Text Inegration Utility (TIU) file with a large (20000+) number of records. Is high volume test data available within OSEHRA project? If so I would appreciate being guided towards it. Failing that, if any of you know of an alternative source for a large volume of TIU data, that would be very helpful too.

OSEHRA AWG WG Telecom 4PM EDT Today (Tuesday) 12 Jun

Weekly Open-Source EHR - Architecture Work Group (AWG) Telecom June 12, 2012 OSEHRA AWG AGENDA-MINUTES Last Updated 9 AM EDT, 12-Jun-12 DATE & TIME: Every Tuesday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT CALL IN: The new AWG Dial-in: 1 (916) 209-4534, Access Code: 8985807 REGISTER at: (NEW: accommodates 100) Once registered you will receive an email with information you need to join the Webinar. DOCUMENTS at: DISCUSSION at: WIKI at:

Availability poll for EHR Refactoring Services teleconference - either 6/21 or 6/22

For those interested in attending a detailed call on what our team has been working on, please select the time(s) best available for you here (it would be most appreciated if you included your name with your response) by this Friday, 6/15.

Once the most common time has been identified, an additional blog post will be available here with the call-in and web visual access information; it is anticipated that the meeting will not run any longer than 60 minutes.

Thank you!

Short and sweet Sprint 5 and 6 update

Despite the unexpected bump in the road in early May (see the May 11th blog post here), Sprint 5 certainly got us to a point where we were able to submit our refactored Problem List.

Our major objectives of Sprint 5 were to:

  • Wrap up testing from Sprint 4
  • Submit the refactored Problem List and all associated tests (M-unit and functional) for certification
  • Validate our updated XINDEX-based tool

Some of our major successes were:

Research Project Help Needed: Open-Source Universal Healthcare Exchange Language


I’m drafting a proposal for a SBIR research grant and I’m looking for knowledgeable people to add to my team. My proposal will have two major sub-projects:

1)      Collecting and documenting healthcare metadata and developing an Open-Source, Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.

2)      Prototyping a limited use-case prototype to exchange the EHR data from VistA in the Universal Healthcare Exchange Language format across a service running on NwHIN (possibly leveraging efforts).


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