The key health information technologies (IT) to be deployed by health care provider organizations in the U.S. over the next decade include standards-based Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems interconnected via Health Information Exchange (HIE) networks. Medical imaging will be key component of these systems. In addition, Personal Health Record (PHR) systems, mobile health apps (mHealth), and social health networks will be widely used by the end of the decade. Many of these have already been done by the VA and are a part of the existing VistA architecture and activities.
The marriage between open source technology and electronic health records is at first blush, greeted by many with skepticism regarding robustness and efficacy. In truth, persistent myths obscure an intriguing reality: Open source EHR systems are not only possible but already in place.
Roger Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology for the Department of Veterans Affairs receives his upgraded VIP Underground Railroad Card from Tom Munnecke. Peter L. Levin, Senior Advisor and Chief Technical Officer for the VA, looks on. The VIP card has a 1981-era Motorola 6800 CPU chip laminated over the engine of the railroad. The VIP card is in recognition of his efforts to build on the success of the VIstA tradition, towards the new generation of open source health Information technology.