VistA Novo Project Overview
The VistA Novo project is investigating the feasibility of an open source VistA developer toolkit. The goal of this toolkit is to allow developers working in the open source community to use and contribute to VistA capabilities using mainstream architectural approaches and modern programming languages.
2. A FHIR implementation to make available VistA test health data following the FHIR specification. (https://github.com/OSEHRA/vista-novo-fhir)
The anticipated products from the first phase include proof of concept capabilities for an open source VistA developer toolkit with sufficient source code to verify the toolkit approach and viability. This includes services to expose VistA data following the FHIR specification, a backend that can invoke VistA-based services to populate FHIR-based data models, and a testing stub to simulate VistA based services. The first release of these products is expected to occur by the end of December 2013.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Architecture, Strategy, and Design (ASD) organization is sponsoring a pathfinder activity with the targeted outcome of achieving technical contributions to accelerate open source VistA’s ability to successfully serve our nation and share information with entities that do not use VistA.
The open source VistA developer toolkit is intended to support this outcome by making it easier to extend and modify the VistA platform providing an avenue for innovative applications using VistA data and business logic, encouraging greater utilization of VistA’s vast feature set by the community, and easier integration through tooling for Health IT standards. Furthermore, the developer toolkit is aiming to lower the barrier to entry for small and resource constrained organizations to enable greater participation in the VistA community by new developers and leverage community innovation.