Innovation Support

The mission of OSEHRA's Innovation Support Group is to facilitate collaborations among its diverse members, support team building, identify and acknowledge key contributions and contributors, and act as a portal to the information needed by the innovators.  At peak performance, the OSEHRA community will bring the best minds together in areas from collaborative tools, training, architecture, certification, and end  users to generate innovative ideas, feature requests, tool development, code contributions.

“User Generated … Peer Reviewed”

Community members will publish proposed innovations for peer review following community-approved guidelines. Innovations may come from community members or initiated by OSEHRA based on identified gaps or priorities.  Committees will be formed and project leaders selected to pursue innovations deemed by the community to have merit.   Ideas will be nurtured, incubated and developed within a fully functional sandbox complete with test data available to test ideas.

" Community Initiated Innovation

A community member puts forth an idea for a new product or product enhancement. The idea is presented to the community through the OSEHRA website and championed by the submitter, if he has the required expertise, or by a subject matter expert that emerges from the community. A project is established to further develop the proposed innovation. The project is developed, refined, and matured by the community until it meets the rules of initial code submission (Publication, Testing, Code, Style guide) at which time it is entered into the VistA Insight Journal for peer review. If the proposed idea fits within a critical or high priority area, OSEHRA may provide additional support resources. The code is checked into the Git repository as experimental code. Gerritt is utilized during code revision to incorporate the peer reviewed suggestions. The published innovation is modified by the project lead based on the peer review and the code is submitted to the VA Dashboard where automated testing is performed.  The testing is performed on a suite of registered processors running different platforms and the nightly results are published. When testing has been completed the innovation is then submitted for certification of approved interoperability or as part of the mainline code.

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Innovation Support Working Group will be Archived Tomorrow



As you know, the OSEHRA Admin Team has been working to strealine working groups so that we can provide the most supportive tools to assist your efforts. To that end, the Innovation Support group will be archived tomorrow, January 10th. 

However, we strongly encourage you to participate in other active groups that have a similar structure and goal as this one. We recommend Corporate Support or another group that will fit your individual needs and interests.

Chuck Hagel, one of the Fathers of VistA, nominated to be Secretary of Defense

As deputy administrator of the VA in 1982, Chuck Hagel was instrumental in making VistA a success... Here is my blog entry about it

In recognition of his efforts, I gave him the first Unlimited Free Passage on the Underground Railroad Certificates:

This is a very prestigious award, that has no expiration date.  So, if he ever needs some advice from a proven team, we're available :)

1st OSEHRA Corporate Member Quarterly Update Meeting ... Friday, 11 January 2013, 1:00 PM (EST)


Please accept our best wishes for a “Happy, Prosperous and Open” 2013.

On Friday, 11 January 2013 at 1:00 PM (EST), OSEHRA will convene our first Corporate Member Quarterly Update Meeting.  Attendees will include representatives from our industry, nonprofit and government organizational membership.

These virtual meetings will be conducted via WEBEX on the second Fridays of the month in January, April and July of 2013.

Innovation Support Working Group will be archived.


Hello Innovation Support Working Group,

The OSEHRA Admin team has begun implementing the Working Group Restructuring plan that was published on this website on September 5th, 2012. In accordance with that plan, this group will be archived so that previous discussions and postings will still be available to view but members will be unable to comment or edit any further.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please email Administration at

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) Will Donate the DSS Patient Search Tool Extension to OSEHRA as an OS Apache License

Juno Beach, FL, October 16, 2012 – As a major sponsor of the Open Source Electronic Health Record (EHR) Community, DSS, Inc. is pleased to release the DSS Patient Search Tool Extension and Launcher to the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) via the Apache 2.0 Open Source license. This tool enables clinicians and researchers who use the VistA EHR to quickly search a patient’s entire electronic record for free text data that might otherwise be scattered throughout the chart. DSS, Inc.

OSEHRA Member Seeking to Immediately Hire Two VistA Software Developers


A member of OSEHRA,who is CEO of an Health IT firm in the Washington, D.C. area, is seeking to make 2 immemdiate hires of VistA software developers (Mumps and delphi preferred).  He is also seeking to identify VistA database developers, testers and trainers, beyond the immediate 2 developer requirement, for potential future hires.  

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact me at the email in my signature block below.  

Please Vote! ... VistA Extension Challenge 2012 ... Ends Monday, 10 September!



Please see message below from OSEHRA member and open source thought leader, Fabian Lopez ...

The VistA Extension Challenge 2012 has received 4 code submissions into its well designed online platform. 

Please review the submissions and vote as a member of OSEHRA.  

Remember ... Fabian is asking for your Vote ... Register your Opinion ... It is Important!

Thank you in advance, and ...




Hello OSEHRA Members,

The Administrative team has been working to make the Working Groups system more streamlined so that we can better support you. In order to do this, we'll be making some changes and we want your opinion!

Below is the full proposal of the New Working Group Restructuring Plan. Please submit your comments for review by attaching them to this discussion by September 14, 2012. We look forward to your commentary!

Thank you!

The Second Annual VISTA Expo is right around the corner!


An important message from our friend, Carol Monahan, Director of Strategy, VISTA Expertise Network, about the rapidly approaching VISTA Expo & Symposium.



The Second Annual VISTA Expo is right around the corner!



I contacted Tom Munnecke to bounce off some ideas before I moved to the public forum. After some feedback, he suggested that I should move it back to OSEHRA forum. Please note that my views are evolving positions and that I am thinking out loud, rather than strongly asserting.

- Ravi Teja.


> My preliminary and main note

>>  and >>> Tom Munnecke’s comments

*** My later comments


----- Original Message -----

Some background material for Semantic Web topics for Architecture Conference Call Feb 28

Peter Li has asked me to talk a bit about my proposal to use semantic web technologies within the OSEHRA efforts on the Architecture call Tues Feb 28.  This is a continuation of the comments at

The basic idea is to create a repository of all the elements required to define a VistA instance in a format that can be queried and manipulated with semantic web technology.  This consists of:

Progress on RDF/Sparql repository for VistA Foundation Schema

This is a follow up to my earlier proposal to use RDF and SPARQL to create a directed graph to map out all of the foundational elements in a VistA instance.   My goal is to create a SPARQL Endpoint through which we have common, universal access to all of the elements of the software "engine" that drives a VistA implementation.  I am calling this repository a Foundation, which is defined by a Foundation Schema (here is a

gridVista - capturing the encounter

I have done enterprise architecture work in both education and aircraft maintenance for the air force.  As we move toward a web-oriented world, I have seen a couple of interesting patterns that recur in both areas above that seem to occur in the medical arena as well.

In aircraft maintenance ‘it’ is where the mechanic meets the plane (and the parts…).  In education ‘it’ is where the student meets the teacher (and the curricula …).  In medical it is where the doctor meets the patient (and the prescription …).  To generalize, I will call this ‘it’ the encounter.

VistA Expertise Network Key Takeaways

From November 17th through November 20th, OSEHRA representatives including myself and Luis Ibanez attended the VistA Expertise Network meeting in Redmond, Washington.  Following an extensive and informative meeting with key community members, Luis and I took the following notes back to the OSEHRA management group, and have been actively discussing these with OSEHRA team members, and the community as a whole.  I have published these publicly, as to enable the community to comment on the various thoughts as we move the discussion along.

No questions have been added to this group.

Proposal to use RDF/SPARQL to define Foundation Schema to map VistA elements

At the last Architecture phone call, I suggested using semantic web/ontology technology to describe the VistA architecture, which would give us a formal, common platform for discussing everything required to install and operate a VistA instance.  

Attached is the proposal, which points to the RDFS of the schema at



An RDF approach to managing the VistA software foundation


Tom Munnecke

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