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Our 2017 OSEHRA Summit, Succeeding with the New Federal Open Source Policy, will be held from June 13-15 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  Our event will provide a wealth of information for both Government and private sector attendees.  A preliminary Summit Agenda and Registration information can be found on the Summit website at  Please contact Megan Murray, our Manager of Communications and Membership, at for Sponsorship opportunities.  Abstract submissions for presentations, roundtables, and posters are due March 15, 2017.  Submit your proposal here.  We look forward to seeing you in June!

Community Vision and Strategy Work Group

In January, OSEHRA and sponsoring member DSS launched a Community Vision and Strategy Work Group to capture the community’s future strategy and provide a clear recommendation for the future of healthcare IT (both inside and outside VA).  We are encouraged by the participation of our communities and their insightful suggestions and vision of what the ecosystem should look like going forward.  Work is proceeding on a final draft of the document, with a target completion date in late February.

VA Contract Update

OSEHRA has completed the first year of our contract and VA has exercised Option Year One, which will run through February 2018.  During the past year, our team has identified hundreds of potential candidates, and some have been queued up for VA intake after being analyzed, certified, and prioritized.  The March Innovation Webinar will feature a review our progress during Year 1, and will provide a glimpse into the plans for the coming year.  Additionally, the VistA Security TWG (chartered via the VA Contract) is developing a Security Strategy Document to give guidance on securing an instance of VistA.  The group is currently reviewing the document and plans to release it in March 2017.  Please stay updated with all facets of the contract through the contract page on our website.

Pharmacy TWG

The creation of a new Pharmacy Technical Working Group will provide a forum for VHA Pharmacy stakeholders and other open source community members to identify gaps and shortfalls in the pharmacy module of VA's VistA EHR.  Particular emphasis is being placed on development strategies and solutions for a Graphical User Interface (GUI).  Working group members will collaborate on requirements and a shared vision for enhanced clinical decision support within the pharmacy systems.  Additionally, the group will allow these stakeholders to communicate requirements to the open source community.  Further information on this TWG and an invitation to prospective members will be coming soon.

OSEHRA and Zato Health Fund Meaningful Use Certification of popHealth 5.0

OSEHRA and Zato Health have joined forces to fund the certification of popHealth v5.0 for the 2015 edition EHR module - criteria 170.315(c)(2)-(c)(4).  The certification testing by InfoGard, an ONC-Authorized Certification Body, is expected to be completed by end of February 2017.  This will allow popHealth to be included as a certified EHR module in stage 3 EHR Incentive Program attestation.

New Members

OSEHRA is proud to welcome three new Organizational Members: Microsoft, HIRS, and Zato Health!  Links to their respective websites can be found in the sidebar.  We look forward to their active participation and are excited about the positive contributions they will make in the open source community.

OSEHRA Provides VistA Training for Potential Korean Implementers

In early 2017 OSEHRA designed and delivered a set of six VistA Primer training sessions to support the growing Korean interest in implementing VistA.  The sessions were organized as an introduction to VistA by program coordinator, Jihwan Park, and feature core presentations by Mike Henderson and Sam Habiel, as well as eHMP presentations by teams from OSEHRA members Medicasoft and Apex Data Solutions, LLC.  Topics included a MUMPS tutorial, navigating and configuring  VistA, VistA and Service Oriented Capabilities, and eHMP.  This package of materials will be made available to OSEHRA members.

Updates to HQ Staff

Both Desereé Johnston and Mike Henderson departed from OSEHRA at the end of January, moving on to new opportunities.  Desereé accepted an invitation to study at St. Andrews University in Scotland as part of her Georgetown degree program.  Mike Henderson will be working full time for DSS, Inc. but will remain active in the OSEHRA Community.  We wish them both the best in their new endeavors!

HIMSS Conference 2017

Along with a significant portion of the North American population, OSEHRA will be attending this year’s HIMSS Conference and Exhibition from February 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.  The conference schedule includes more than 300 education programs and features keynote and roundtable discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities.  More than 1,200 leading health IT vendors will be participating in the HIMSS exhibition, including several of our Organizational Members.  DSS has graciously offered to allow OSEHRA to use their booth (4261) as a base of operations - if you will also be attending please stop by, thank them, and visit us!  We hope you will also visit our other Organizational Members listed below.  For a complete Exhibition Hall Map and Hours please click here.

Welcome New Members - Microsoft
Zato Health

Innovation Webinar Series

Register for free today:

 - February 28, 2017: DHP Proof-of-Concept Project

Steve Rushing, Senior Strategic Adviser in Georgia Institute of Technology’s Health Extension Services, will present an update for our community on Georgia Tech’s successfully demonstrated proof-of-concept completed for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Digital Health Platform (DHP).  This project was designed to integrate Veteran data from VA, military and commercial electronic health records.

March 21, 2017: Overview of VA Open Source Technical Support Contract

This webinar will review our progress in Year 1 of OSEHRA’s contract with VA, and provide a glimpse into the plans for Year 2.  Ramina Toy, the OSEHRA PM, and Ira Sachs from BITS will explain the approach, the processes, and the many opportunities for continued community participation.

Organization Booth Number Exhibit and Organization Description
Apex Data Solutions Booth 9000-19 OSEHRA and HIMSS corporate member, Apex Data Solutions, LLC, will be demonstrating its interoperability tools through the Patient Data Reconciliation scenario at the Interoperability Showcase area of HIMSS 2017, booth 9000-19, from Monday, February 20 through Wednesday, February 22.  Apex will conduct a demo every hour beginning at 15 minutes after the hour for the duration of the exhibition hall times at the conference. In addition, Apex's Chief Architect & Lead Developer, Bob Calco, will be conducting an Education Session entitled "HL7 FHIR® and the Multi-Tenant World" on Wednesday, February 22, at 12:30 p.m. in the Interoperability Showcase Theater.
BITS, Inc. Booth 3323 BITS, Inc. and its parent company Cognosante will be exhibiting at the HIMSS Conference (Booth # 3323) in Orlando this month, February 19-23. Cognosante is a leading provider of health IT technology solutions, business process outsourcing services, and consulting. We provide our clients with three decades of experience working with 48 states and the Federal government to develop, manage, and execute large, complex health information programs, to ultimately make the U.S. healthcare system work better for everyone.
Book Zurman, Inc. Booth 9000- Meet Up Desk Book Zurman, Inc. (BZI) is a Center for Veteran Enterprises (CVE) certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) established in 1996, providing program, project and IT architecture management services specializing in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), Health Informatics (to include medical terminology and HIT standards). Book Zurman is attending HIMSS, supporting VA within the Federal Health Interoperability Showcase.
DSS Booth 4261 DSS is a leading health information technology (HIT) software development and systems integration company. For more than 20 years, healthcare organizations have benefited from our technical and service integration expertise. DSS has extensive experience working with federal, private and public healthcare facilities to modernize their legacy systems and to improve efficiencies for clinical and administrative users.
MedicaSoft Booth 3989 MedicaSoft improves the quality of healthcare outcomes and the efficiency of care delivery worldwide by delivering advanced health information technology solutions, including Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) software and HISP secure messaging services. MedicaSoft employs the use of modern technology and open, standards-based architecture to design flexible systems for providers and patients that support data interoperability, integration, and patient engagement.

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