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This short blog could serve as a starting point for discussions and activity related to Open Data & VistA by the OSEHRA working group. I had previously published this on Open Health News (OHN)  - check out

Open Data can be defined as 'selected data' that should be made freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other excessive control mechanisms.

CIO VA, Roger Baker, VistA Open Source Initiative Memo

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In memo attached, dated June 6, 2012, addressed to all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and other Key Officials, Roger Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, sets a deadline of October 1, 2012 to implement the open source model for VistA.

In this correspondence, Mr. Baker notes that the "VistA Open Source Initiative" is an effort to ensure that the modernization of the VA electronic health record is open to the best minds in government, industry and academia.  

Read on below:

RE: OSEHRA AWG WG Telecom 4PM EDT Today (Tuesday) 19 Jun

Weekly Open-Source EHR - Architecture Work Group (AWG) Telecom June 19, 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 Adobe Connect Session: Select - Enter as a Guest. DOCUMENTS at: DISCUSSION at: WIKI at:

Lessons Learned from Mizar, the Flying Pinto

Here is a tragic but humorous video of the story of Mizar, the Flying Pinto.  A couple of engineers tried to integrate a Ford Pinto with the rear end of a Cessna, creating a "best of breed" approach to a car that could fly.  This is a 1973 promotional video of the idea, a bit overblown (I can't imagine flying 200 mph in a Pinto), and it's hard to imagine the Pinto as "Best of Breed,  but I suspect the results would have been the same with trying to integrate a Rolls Royce with a Lear Jet.  The contraption crashed a

Open Source Summit at U of Maryland Wed-Thu 10-21 Jun

Skip navigation Description: openNASA · About · Authors · Data · Code · Apps · Plan · Search Open Source Summit Description: On June 20th and 21st 2012, NASA, in partnership with the Veteran Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) and the State Department, will host a second ‘Open Source Summit’ to advance the use of open source software in government. This event follows on last year’s Open Source Summit , hosted by NASA . Purpose of the event

Open Source EHR Refactoring Services webinar, 6/22

For all interested: this presentation will be a code level review and will cover the updates our team has incorporated thus far. For more information, we hope you'll join on Friday!

When: Friday, June 22nd, 10:00-10:50am EST

Where: 800-767-1750, 19996#;, participant code 87683695 (all fields must be filled in to join the conference)

Please note: There are 49 seats reserved on the phone and web; only additional phone lines will be available per VANTS operator assistance.

Applying Innovation to the Work of Government: A Case Study of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT


Please find below a link to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) commentary, published today, authored by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ONC, HHS) ...

In it, Dr. Mostashari describes:

  - The measurable progress acheived to date in EHR adoption

  - How a policy framework based on testing, certification and "Meaningful Use" has led to a dramatic increase in EHR adoption 

Re: [code-convergence] iEHR RFI/RFP TRACKING POST

Tom's point 5. is what convinced me 14 years ago that open source was the paradigm shift we needed in health IT... it underscores the simple, yet far reaching genetic flaw in health IT that is at the root of most if not all failures experienced so far. Software and information is a life critical and health critical intervention.... it is now as powerful as any other intervention like a drug or clinical protocol. So where is the peer reviewed, clinical and financial evidence to support this initiative? Joseph On 12-06-14 11:43 PM, Tom Munnecke wrote: >

Organizing a meeting at the NIH - "Pharmacogenomic Informatics: Decision Support and Data Mining"


I would like to have members of the "Vista community" (or iEHR community) be involved in our effort. We are being funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), as well as the U.S. FDA.

I put together an amateurish Word Press web site out here at the Clinical Grade Genome meeting in SF:

The planning committee is just being organized. So far, members include:


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