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News About OSEHRA, VistA and Open Source


OSEHRA Community Responds to the Federal Government's Proposed Open Source Policy

By Open Health News | Apr 11, 2016

The OSEHRA community today submitted a response to the "Draft Open Source Policy for Federal Agencies" released by the White House on March 10.

Congress Provides VA With Conditional $233M for EHR Upgrade

By iHealthBeat | Jan 5, 2016

Congress has authorized about $233 million for an ongoing effort to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs' electronic health record system,

OSEHRA Community Innovation Goes Mainstream

By Seong K. Mun, PhD | Sep 22, 2015

The IBM Center for The Business of Government is a successful advocate for the improvement of the effectiveness of government business that focuses on the future of operation and management.

Hacking PTSD-Major Hackathon to take Place Sept. 25-27 in DC

Hon S. Pak, MD, FAAD | Sep 15, 2015

36 hour hackathon to harness the ideas and creativity of talented computer science students from across the country to develop apps that can help tackle key issues with PTSD.

The Day My Mind Became Open Sourced 

By Phil Shapiro | April 12, 2012

We can come up with better rules for this game, much better rules.

Google, PwC Bidding for $11B DoD Health System Modernization Project 

By Jaikumar Vijayan | Jan 18, 2015

Google will assist in delivering innovative and cost-efficient EHR for the Defense Department, PwC says.

PwC pitches open-source electronic health records

By Adam Mazmanian | Oct 29, 2014

DHMSM bidding team includes OSEHRA members and open source VistA-based solution.

Tennessee Department of Health Selects DSS vxVistA as Statewide EHR

Press Release | DSS, Inc. | October 28, 2014

By Megan DeGruttola l September 17, 2014

This year OSEHRA hosted more speakers and sessions than ever before.

2014: The Year of Open Source

By GoGrid

Open source software has moved from experiment to mainstream.

Survey Says: Best EHR Software is Built on Open Source

By Lacey Thoms l September 9, 2014

Healthcare businesses are employing the technology because they stand to save millions.

PwC to offer DoD open source EHR

By Bernie Monegain l September 8, 2014

Leverages investments already made by the government into the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance.

Transforming Healthcare Through Open Source

By Edmund Billings l September 4, 2014 

The Open Source business model offers healthcare a roadmap to use in transforming health IT and improving the level of care provided.

Electronic health records lead to more connectivity, adoption

By Marlin Marketing l August 25, 2014 

The overall best-ranked EHR system available, VistA, is open-source and can be absolutely free in many locations.

Looking for a technology job? Learn as much as you can about open source

By Josh Teder (Red Hat) l July 30, 2014

Open source is everywhere nowadays and not just in the software industry.

Medscape EHR Report 2014

By Leslie Kane; Neil Chesanow l July 15, 2014

VA-CPRS tops EHRs overall.

Open source's identity crisis

By Bryan Behrenshausen l July 7, 2014

Sandler advocates for access to the software on which our lives depend.

VistA should not be thrown out with the bathwater

By Edmund Billings | July 2, 2014

Without a doubt, the death of American veterans as a result of the VA waitlist debacle is tragic and unacceptable. The Obama administration must move quickly and deliberately to fix the underlying problems and restore faith in the agency.


Rethinking Open Source Collaboration

By Jono Bacon | June 25, 2014

The open source world has been through a significant period of change in the last fifteen years. 

VA's VistA survives latest audit with little blame

By Jono Bacon | June 9, 2014

The computerized scheduling system at the Veterans Health Administration didn't receive a clean bill of health from Veterans Affairs Department audit report released Monday, but among the contributing factors to the VA's highly publicized scheduling woes, problems with computers ranked fairly low.


Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS)? Look at the Numbers!

By David A. Wheeler | May 8, 2014

This paper (and its supporting database) provides quantitative data that, in many cases, using open source software / free software (abbreviated as OSS/FS, FLOSS, or FOSS) is a reasonable or even superior approach to using their proprietary competition according to various measures.

Q&A: Dave Peters on open source adoption within Veterans Affairs

By David Perera | April 4, 2014

The high-profile attention open source adoption within the Veterans Affairs Department received from some now-retired political appointee executives was a spur to action – but also led over the past year to worries that with those executives gone, open source would no longer be a priority.

State University of New York at Albany Launches VistA EHR Studies Program

By Luis Ibáñez | April 3, 2014

The Albany Campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) has launched a new VistA EHR Studies program—the most comprehensive one of its kind in the United States. 

The Power of Open Source Collaboration Increases Vista EHR Security

By Maureen Markey | December 2, 2013

Who would like to hear a great story about the power of open source?  

OSEHRA, VA reveal open source EHR security patching benefits

By Patrick Ouellette | November 15, 2013

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the open source IT community have paired up to prove the benefits of fixing technical security flaws within an open source system.

Q&A: OSEHRA CEO Seong Mun on iEHR, future of open source

Tom Sullivan, Editor | August 26, 2013 

OSEHRA CEO Seong Mun: "There’s a growing appreciation of open source."

While the Defense Department continues its procurement process for an electronic health record, the custodial agent established by the Veterans Affairs Department to manage the open source aspects of iEHR is preparing for its third annual summit.

Open source EHRs empower America's community health centers

By Luis Ibanez | July 10, 2013

How the economics of open source make sense for large scale, national healthcare infrastructure projects.

OSEHRA putting together response to DoD MEDICS RFI

By Greg Slabodkin | February 25, 2013

Although the Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department are no longer working together to create a single integrated electronic health record system, the VA's open source EHR custodial agent nevertheless plans to submit a response to DoD's Feb. 8 request for information for a new Medical Electronic DoD Integrated Core System.



OSEHRA Making Strides: A Review of the Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop

By Andrew Aitken | October 31, 2012

Last week I was fortunate to both attend and present at OSEHRA’s first annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop.



Open source tools, OSEHRA gain momentum at VA

Mary Mosquera, Contributing Writer | October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON – Open source software is catching on and taking a bigger role in solving health system challenges and to accelerate innovation in the VistA electronic health record system at the Veterans Affairs Department.

DSS donates open source search tool to OSEHRA

Mike Miliard, Managing Editor | October 16, 2012

Document Storage Systems has released to the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent an open source tool that enables clinicians who use the VistA EHR to search a patient's record for free text data that might otherwise be scattered throughout the chart.

What is OSEHRA and VistA?

By Matthew McCall | October 1, 2012

According to the oral history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, of which I have been an attentive listener over the years, once upon a time, innovation ruled the land.

VA To Invest Billions in Open Source Transition

By Roger A. Maduro | May 20, 2012

The open source strategy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was the focus of the recent Open Source Think Tank Conference in Napa, California held April 12-14. This conference, sponsored... 

Understanding the Impact of 'Real World' Open-Source ROI

By Mark Driver | November 15, 2011

Virtually all adopters expect significant ROI advantages from open-source technologies, yet most find that results vary from project to project. Here, we examine the foundation behind the open-source ROI proposition, and examine specific examples of successful open-source ROI scenarios.

OSEHRA and the future of VA VistA

By Fred Trotter | October 19, 2011

Veterans Affairs launches its electronic health record system as an open-source project.

Apache Web Server, GNU/Linux Operating System, MySQL Database, Mozilla’s Firefox Browser. All pillars among the open-source community.

Open-Source Software Gives Competitive Advantage: Gartner Survey

By Fahmida Y. Rashid | February 8, 2011

While reducing costs remains a primary factor for adopting open-source software, businesses are increasingly seeing it as a way to gain a competitive advantage, according to a new Gartner survey.