OSEHR System

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VA testing cash prizes to improve its health record system - FederalNewsRadio.com


Please see and hear an interview released today by Federal News Radio on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative to use contests as an important strategy to reduce risk in acquiring open source compatible health information technology.  

In this interview, Roger Baker, CIO, VA, persuasively describes why this groundbreaking new way of doing business has important implications for the iEHR, VBMS and federal health IT acquisition strategy going forward ...

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.

An open invitation to join the Fileman/Lab Agile Project (FLAP):

VA has recently funded a small project to be completed by T3 Tiger Tech, with sub-contracting provided by the VISTA Expertise Network. This project will use already-completed open-source improvements, and some new code, to create and distribute a new version of the VISTA File Manager (Fileman) package. This in turn will enable future development of VISTA Lab and Fileman.

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!

Going Offline from OSEHRA

Sorry, but I've reached my limits in pro-bono consulting work for the VA...

I would be delighted to contribute what I can to the OSEHRA effort, but I can't continue to do it as an unpaid volunteer.

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 http://osehra.org/blog/progress-rdfsparql-repository-vista-foundation-schema

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:

'Open Source' Personal Health Record (PHR) System

I have been a long time fan and supporter of the My HealtheVet PHR.  It is a great tool, an innovative addition to VistA that was needed to better connect and serve our veterans/patients.  What bothered me was not the functionality, but the extensive use of commercial software packages and vendors to create this solution.  This would be a great area to consider moving to a true open source PHR solution.  There are several out there.  One solution is the My HealtheMountaineer (also known as

James Fowler/Facebook Social Network/Cardiovascular Health Study

I was a bit cryptic about my conversation with James yesterday, not knowing whether his project was public or not.  He has announced a study to collect 1 million people on Facebook: https://socialheartstudy.org/

"Phase I of the Social Heart Study will help participants estimate their own risk for future heart attacks, and help us see if online social network use is associated with cardiovascular health. Phases II and III will enable other social network features and start enrolling participants in prevention research studies."

Some reference information: Patterns, Refactoring, and Dynamic languages

I just thought I'd throw out some titles of the books I've been reading.  These are mostly to catch up on conversations I've been having with Ralph Johnson (who wrote the first paper on refactoring) and Ward Cunningham, another ubergeek.  There is a cluster of activity/thinking around the notions of refactoring, pattern languages, open systems, and dynamic languages (Smalltalk, in particular).

Roger Baker receiving VIP Underground Railroad card

Roger Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology for the Department of Veterans Affairs receives his upgraded VIP Underground Railroad Card from Tom Munnecke. Peter L. Levin, Senior Advisor and Chief Technical Officer for the VA, looks on. The VIP card has a 1981-era Motorola 6800 CPU chip laminated over the engine of the railroad. The VIP card is in recognition of his efforts to build on the success of the VIstA tradition, towards the new generation of open source health Information technology.

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