OSEHRA Innovation Webinar Series Archive

OSEHRA Innovation Webinar Series Archive

Date Topic Slides & Recording 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Using TRM Approved Software to Load Synthetic Patients into VistA for Testing

This webinar will demonstrate how to use the VistA FHIR Data Loader to import synthetic patients created using Synthea™ into VistA. It will also showcase how to use the OSEHRA Synthea Visualizer to create a visualization of each synthetic patient's data in a longitudinal format, allowing users to decide which patients to import into a VistA instance.

This demonstration will begin with an empty VistA instance which will be populated with several patients.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

VPE Version 15: New Features and Enhancements

VPE is a set of VistA Programming Utilities that aid in the
navigation and development of VistA/RPMS code. This Webinar will give you an update on VPE, focusing particularly on the new features of VPE v15.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

2019 Summit Preview

Description: Yes, this is a shameless promo for the upcoming 2019 OSEHRA Open Source Summit, Open SaaS – Open Source in the Cloud! Join the OSEHRA staff and several of our key presenters for a fast-paced 30 minute look at the highlights of our 2019 agenda. If you’re already registered, this quick review will help you plan your attendance and track choices. If you’re on the fence, tune in to see why you should meet the community at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center on July 9-10.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
SQL Access to VistA
Description: SQL access to VistA for reporting and analytics requires two core technologies: (a) an SQL engine; and (b) mapping Fileman files to SQL tables that the SQL engine can use to access data. Although there are many SQL engines, there are few combinations of (a) and (b) that work well, and none that both work well and are free/open source software (FOSS). YottaDB is developing Octo, an SQL engine, and %VISTAOCTO, an adaptable tool, that generates an SQL Schema from Fileman tables. Both are FOSS.
Join this webinar to gain insight into the issues, see a demo, and get a preview of the Pre-Summit Training. Presenters K.S. Bhaskar and Christopher Edwards will have ample opportunities for questions and discussion during the webinar.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Omnibus Care Plan (OCP): 21st Century Software Infrastructure

Description: This webinar will explore the use of the data standard Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources (FHIR) and the Smart on FHIR (SoF) specification to implement 21st Century healthcare applications. The Omnibus Care Plan (OCP) provides care coordination and consent management. Through SoF applications it provides care management, screening and assessment, Explanation of Benefits using Blue Button 2.0, and Data Analytics and Data Visualization. The webinar will review the OCP project and the value it brings to application development.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

FHIR® on VistA Open Source Project

Description: This webinar will introduce OSEHRA's newest open source project group - “FHIR on VistA.” The purpose of the group is to develop and promote standards-based FHIR APIs on the VistA platform for high-value data sets, and align previously developed VistA APIs to the current FHIR standards to promote interoperability across platforms and systems.  

OSEHRA Organizational Member Perspecta is sponsoring his new group and will contribute their existing proprietary FHIR on VistA codebase to the Open Source Community. This codebase will serve as the baseline for further development of the open source FHIR on VistA software. The project plans to produce FHIR-based VistA resources that are compliant with the most recent standards and are prioritized, and aligned, with the community's needs. In addition, this initiative will stand-up a FHIR on VistA testbed that will include a FHIR server for accessing VistA FHIR resources.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Robot Doctor

Description: Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. That weird thing they jammed in your ears. And now, my children are having the same experience. But that is going to change.

As design harnesses digital, materials, and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design, tracking real-time health data, non-invasive tools and custom “just for you” treatments based on your actual genome, are here. These are all real technologies, being used by ordinary people. Together they are leading us to “stage zero” detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. Not science fiction, the children of the 2020’s will only know this reality. Tongue depressors will be limited to school craft projects and popsicles. And it is all the product of technology and design.

This webinar will highlight to the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.

This webinar will be presented by Juhan Sonin, who teaches design and engineering at MIT and runs GoInvo (an open source healthcare design studio), who will share expertise and insights around:

  • How smart phones are opening access to primary care
  • How bathrooms are becoming healthrooms
  • Re-envisioning the way patients interact with clinicians, pharmacy, the healthcare system, and each other, and their implications for design
  • The need and impact of one human, one health record (based on open source concepts)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The HHS/IHS Health Information Technology Modernization Analysis Project – Technical Assessment of RPMS​

Description: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), in cooperation with the Indian Health Service (IHS), has awarded a contract to Emerging Sun, with subcontracts to Pistis LLC and Regenstrief Institute, to conduct a multifactorial analysis of the opportunities for modernization of the health information systems that support clinical and business operations of IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs across the country. One facet of this project involves an expert technical assessment of the legacy systems in use at IHS, specifically the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS). The purpose of this interactive webinar will be to invite attendees to share their thoughts about what a modernized technology stack for RPMS would look like, what development and transitional challenges could be expected, and any comparable efforts that could inform the work of the technical assessment team.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

VA CDS Knowledge Artifacts, CDS Connect, and the OSEHRA Community

Description: Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Knowledge Based Systems (KBS) has made significant investments in the representation of clinical knowledge in standardized, computer-friendly form, such that future systems may more rapidly manage and deploy documentation templates, order sets, and event-condition-action rules within and across VHA environments. Most recently, KBS has prepared a catalog of 100+ draft artifacts based on the HL7 CDS Knowledge Artifact (KNART) specification over a ~15 month period, and is pursuing an incremental release process through inter-departmental collaboration. This presentation will cover the nature of the content development program, current collaborative efforts with AHRQ’s CDS Connect program and MITRE, and visions for how the OSEHRA community may leverage and participate in adding value to these assets.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

OSEHRA Community Webcast: 4 Initiatives on the Leading Edge

Description: Today’s Open Source Community is driving and expanding healthcare transformation. Join our national webinar in conjunction with National Health IT Week and learn about four cutting-edge open source projects currently advancing within the OSEHRA Community. Our presenter lineup includes Patricia Abbott, PhD, University of Michigan, who will give an update on the community's current work on synthetic patient data generation and implementation.  Work Group chairs Andrea Hopkins, CGI Federal, and Thomas Pole, Unisys Federal, will discuss progress being made within OSEHRA’s new open API and open architecture work group and Bo Dagnall from Perspecta will spotlight innovation initiatives and Digital Health Platforms. OSEHRA will round-out the webcast with an update on our current Plan VI Internationalization Project, which kicked off earlier this month.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Open Source JDBC Access to VistA FileMan Data

Description: Accessing VistA data using off the shelf tools has historically been hard or expensive to do. With the set of tools YottaDB is developing as an Open Source Project VistA data can be mapped to relational table views. In this presentation Christopher will demonstrate the tools available, where to find the code, how to get started with the application, and how to contribute to its development.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

One-Click Deployment of VistA Development Sandbox in Azure Cloud

Description: The one-click deployment of VistA Development Sandbox in Azure Cloud is part of OSEHRA’s continuing effort to make the deployment of VistA easier for members of the VistA community.  With an Azure account, a user now can deploy VistA with CPRS, Vitals, BCMA, and Synthea patient generator with a single click, and in about half an hour, a user can begin using all the applications without further setup.  

In this presentation, we will describe and demonstrate the capability of the VistA Sandbox and technologies like Azure templates and Docker-based application containerization that made this user-friendly deployment possible.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Open API and Open Architecture (OA2) Purpose, Goals and Scope

Description: Operational Healthcare IT systems in clinical facilities large and small commonly leverage a mix of Open Source, Commercial and custom built components. As the industry moves from closed monolithic EHRs toward a new era of Open APIs to integrate new applications with legacy systems the effort and risk of integrating those components together will be greatly reduced, but to be fully effective system designers and integrators must have more than a set of independent APIs. They must also have a conceptual architecture that guides the integration of new software with legacy systems via multiple APIs and which promotes standardization and reusability. The Open API and Open Architecture Working Group's (OA2WG) goal is to leverage the new Open API initiatives in the HIT industry, and the OSEHRA community's deep technical and operational knowledge to draft that conceptual HIT Open Architecture, and support efforts to pilot and implement reference implementations of its use.

April 24, 2018

PPS-N 3.0 Overview for the Broader VistA Community

Description: Pharmacy Product System – National 3.0 (PPS-N), released in December 2017, involves major changes to how National drug file updates in VistA systems are distributed and applied. This webinar will give an overview of those changes and will provide transition advice to the broader community. Any users or companies that rely on VistA for a listing of the current drugs will benefit from attending this session.

March 27, 2018

Lighthouse Project

Description: Lighthouse is a proposed Application Programming Interface (API) management platform that allows developers to create mobile and web apps on a set of open standards based APIs including an initial FHIR endpoint. It aims to both enable rapid innovation, and be veteran-centric, by giving developers the ability to design soultions that leverage VA data. 

March 20, 2018

DXC Digital Health Platform

Description: Patient health outcomes are sub-optimal when medical decisions are made based on incomplete, fragments and unstandardized data. DXC Technology has built a reference implementation of a digital health platform (DHP-RI) to address this situation. The DHP-RI aims to recreate the complexity and heterogeneity of a real-world health care organization’s ecosystem complete with multiple EMRs, patient data sources, devices, various common services, and a variety of systems of engagement  (systems benefiting from an integrated and standardized data sets across multiple systems of record).

February 20, 2018

Blockchain for Health Data and Its Potential Use in Health IT and Health Care Related Research

Description: A national health IT infrastructure based on blockchain has far-reaching potential to promote the development of precision medicine, advance medical research and invite patients to be more accountable for their health.

This webinar will discuss a blockchain based access-control manager to health records that would advance the industry interoperability challenges and engage millions of individuals, health care providers, health care entities and medical researchers to share vast amounts of genetic, diet, lifestyle, environmental and health data with guaranteed security and privacy protection.

January 11, 2018

IHS HIT Modernization RFI Webinar

Description: OSEHRA's resident RPMS expert, and former IHS pharmacist, Sam Habiel will host an overview of RPMS and its dependencies on VistA.

November 14, 2017

Clinical Data Quality Issues and Clinical Quality Measure Reliability.

Description: Rich digital clinical data are a staple of modern learning health systems, but suffer from variable and often poor quality. Lack of assurance in data quality can lead to limited trust and utilization by stakeholders, including patients, providers, policy-makers, and researchers. In this webinar, Dr. Nicole Weiskopf will provide a conceptual overview of data quality as it relates to electronic health record data and the reuse of those data for various purposes. She will then focus on the electronic health record data quality specifically as it relates to clinical quality measure calculation and reliability. 

October 3, 2017

Open Source Tools for Electronic Clincal Quality Measures

Description: OSEHRA is pleased to host this special one-hour Innovation Webinar in conjunction with National Health IT Week. Participants will hear an update from OSEHRA Leadership and Organizational Members on a range of open source software applications and tools. Topics include an update on v5.0 of popHealth® as well as products that are newly engaged within our community like Cedar- an open source tool for testing the strength of eCQM collection systems that receive Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) files. 

September 19, 2017

VA PALS Project Overview

The VA-PALS project is bringing life-saving early-lung-cancer screening and treatment to VA, through evidence-based medical protocols and new open-source Vista software to support them. This webinar will introduce this project including the clinical motivation and goals for the project, the technical approach to integrating early lung cancer screening management software into VistA, and a vision for future support of screening in VistA.

August 15, 2017

An Introduction to Panorama

The Panorama Framework is an open source web development framework for VistA. Its use and development mirror classic VistA/DHCP in many ways, from security implementation to extensibility based on a menu system. Javascript is the primary development language, replacing M for all simple operations. Panorama's objective is to reuse as much existing VistA code as possible and provide a path for incremental for GUI-fication of existing VistA applications. 

July 18, 2017

OSEHRA Product Management Roadmap and Discussion

Sam Habiel, Doctor of Pharmacy and the new Director of Product Management for OSEHRA, will present an update on the current OSEHRA open source product portfolio. This portfolio will reflect code convergence efforts and software as well as documentation for the community. 

May 16, 2017

VistA / eHMP in the Cloud Project Group Status Update

Established in January 2017, this group will implement and maintain a VistA/eHMP Cloud demonstration site using Microsoft Azure.  The centerpiece of this implementation will be an operating demo of VistA with eHMP, which will serve as a testbed and proof-of-concept.  In addition, facilities will be made available for developer sandboxes and for creation of curated test data in cooperation with university medical and nursing students. This Innovation Webinar will serve as a status update on the groups' progress.

April 18, 2017

RPMS: An Outpatient Oriented Immunizations Alternative for VistA

The Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) Immunization Package is the crown jewel of RPMS, providing amazing patient care capabilities and population health analytics.  The project exists as a showcase of code convergence: running the same package on RPMS and VISTA.  Porting the RPMS Immunization Package to VistA has by and large been achieved. Join OSEHRA Technical Fellow, Sam Habiel, for this exciting Webinar.
March 21, 2017

OSEHRA, Update on the VA Open Source Technical Support Contract 

In February 2016, OSEHRA was awarded the Open Source Technical Support and Working Group Services for VA VistA contract. Since then, our team has identified hundreds of potential candidates, and some have been queued up for VA intake after being analyzed, certified, and prioritized. This webinar will review our progress in Year 1, 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.

February 28, 2017 DHP Proof-of-Concept Project

A behind the scenes look at the core technologies, including VistA, and open standards used to create a working, scalable model of the envisioned VA DHP.

January 17, 2017
This session will provide an overview of VA’s strategy for VistA standardization and virtualization.  Dr. Aaron Drew and Randy Brown, both from the OI&T EPMO, will discuss the ongoing VA effort, which was also the subject of a recent RFI
November 15, 2016

eCQM Analytics Landscape: Review and Analysis 

Gary Parker, Director of the Meaningful Use Administration at Alabama Medicaid Agency, will outline the efforts of the Data Accessibility and eXtract work group (DAX) and its decision to conduct a broader review of the eCQM analytics landscape.

October 18, 2016

Open Source VistA Innovation for VA-- at the Intersection of Progress & Process

Deanne Clark of DSS will highlight some key enhancements for modernizing VistA contributed by DSS to the Open Source/OSEHRA Community and examine the challenges and barriers to VA code intake.

September 20, 2016

eHMP Toolset for Building Modern Single Page Applications

Brandt Welker of Medicasoft LLC will go over the various components of eHMP and then show how to add a data source to the Resource Development Kit (RDK). He will also show how to use that data on the patient dashboard using Backbone.js and other technologies.

August 16, 2016

ViViaN - VistA Visualization

OSEHRA’s ViViaN™ application has received wide acclaim from the open source community for its innovative approach to understanding and accessing VistA content.  This session brings participants up to date on the latest features of ViViaN™

July 19, 2016

Johns Hopkins Oncology Clinical Information Systems

Arya Rasouli, Senior Programmer Analyst, will discuss Johns Hopkins Oncology Clinical Information Systems.  Its software was founded back in the late 70s as a part of Oncology Clinical Information Systems for The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The design philosophy behind the clinical software was to be patient centric, protocol driven care oriented. 

June 21, 2016

OSEHRA's VistAFlash

The June Innovation Webinar will demonstrate OSEHRA's VistAFlash to the community. OSEHRA's VistAFlash is a self-contained environment that runs completely on a USB Flash Drive.  This is useful for non-developers as they can run a VistA environment on a Windows-based computer that doesn't require any installations of software to the host machine.

May 17, 2016

Project Hilleman - Moving VistA Forward

Project Hilleman is meaningful web services for refactoring VistA. The core principles are 1) decoupling the business rules from the data 2) performance 3) and easy-to-follow strategies and design patterns for refactoring legacy VistA code.



  • April 19, 2016

Overview of VA Open Source Technical Support Contract

OSEHRA has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) entitled, Open Source Technical Support and Working Group Services for VA VistA.  This webinar will introduce the OSEHRA Community to the tasks and deliverables involved in this contract, including the processes to be used for analysis, identification, prioritization, and code certification.  The contract will “tee up” desirable open source code for intake by VA, based upon an analysis of VA’s needs and the capabilities of the identified open source code.

March 15, 2016

HSPC:  A New Platform Approach to Interoperability and Innovation​

Oscar Diaz, CEO of Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC), will describe how HSPC, a provider-led, not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder, membership organization is fostering a industry-wide collaborative for the development of an open Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) .  As part of the development of  the SOA layers, HSPC is creating a federated model for multi-vendor restful web services modeled against HL7 FHIR and HSPC/CIMI/CEM based profiles.

November 17, 2015

Making Open Innovations Work

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. Recently, the center published a scholarly work comprised of case studies in healthcare entitled “Making Open Innovation Ecosystems Work.” It was written by a team of distinguished academics including Donald E. Wynn, Jr., Ph.D., Renee M.E. Pratt, Ph.D., and Randy V. Bradley, Ph.D., and OSEHRA was one of two cases chosen for analysis.  

October 20th, 2015

The Power of Real-Time  Analytics At Work: Preemptive/Preventative Technologies to Minimize  Health Care Fraud and Abuse

Current research from Rand Corporation estimates that $98 Billion dollars or 10% of all health care spending is impacted by some kind of health care fraud.   To attempt to prevent it, the goal behind many recent health care data analytic systems is to find fraud, waste and abuse before the fraud claims are paid- as after payments are made, costs can rise significantly due to expenses in recouping monies and write-offs associated with lost funds.  In the past, detecting fraud before payment has not been possible because of the amount of time it takes to run complex algorithms and the location of the data during execution- combined with the architecture of state and federal data systems. 

September 15th, 2015

Clinical Decision Support for Safe Use of Medicines - Role of Medication Auto-Pilots

Optimal prescribing requires effective management of massive amounts of data. Clinical decision support systems(CDSS) can help manage information and improve the safe use of medicines. A CDSS using the lists of QT-prolonging drugs maintained at www.crediblemeds.org can foster safe prescribing. An open-source Application Program Interface (API) is now available to give health IT systems online access to the QTdrugs lists and help them develop CDSS that support therapeutic decisions by serving as the prescribers "auto-pilot."

August 18th, 2015 Forum, the Patch Module, and the VistA Lifecycle - The release of version 2.5 of the Patch Module, and the establishing of a Forum system at OSEHRA, are important steps forward for all users of VistA, particularly those outside VA. This webinar explores the relationship between Forum, the Patch Module, and the VistA Lifecycle; and highlights new features that will take patching to the next level.
June 16th, 2015 Jumpstarting technology innovation for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury  – One principle of organizational innovation is the need to bring in new ideas for inspiration, assessment, and even implementation. In many cases, this runs up against existing processes, protocols, and silos. The hackathon has become an increasingly popular tool to jumpstart innovation. In this webinar we will discuss an unusual use of an upcoming hackathon to focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
May 19th, 2015 OSEHRA VistA: Core of the Open Source Community Electronic Health Record – The US Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA electronic health record (EHR) powers care provision and tracking in more than 2,000 installation worldwide. Learn how the OSEHRA community is standardizing to allow VistA installations to share a common feature set and enhancement stream.
April 21th, 2015 popHealth – This open source software integrates with EHRs and automates the reporting of Meaningful Use quality measures. Dr. Bush will demonstrate how it provides actionable clinical information and performance monitoring across providers.
March 17th, 2015 VistA Mobile Health - VA Mobile Health Apps provide health information monitoring and allow patients to connect with their data in VistA. Attend this presentation to get an overview of VA’s current and planned mobile apps.
Febuary 17th, 2015 OSEHRA Certification - Learn how the OSEHRA certification process ensures code is safe, compliant and functional.
January 20, 2015 Improving Patient Care and Hospital bottom lines using VistA Oroville CEO Bob Wentz will explain the financial factors that led to his decision to go with their own implementation of VistA and why every regional hospital in the United States should do the same thing.

October 21, 2014

U.S. Department of Veterans Affiars VistA Lexicon - Get an inside look at the current status of VA’s VistA Lexicon and its future direction.

June 13, 2013 Real-Time Analytics and Population Health - John Halamka, M.D., M.S., CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center