Situational Awareness

The mission of the OSEHR Situational Awareness Group is to provide community members with multi-sector situational awareness and strategic intelligence. 

The purpose of this capability is to enable community members to more effectively capture opportunities to translate open source innovations to medical reality.  The business intelligence platform will be powered by the user generated contributions of OSEHRA's network of members and the “Brain” graphic  visualization system.

Click Here to Access: "OSEHRA Brain"

The searchable, “OSEHRA Brain” has over 80,000 data points related to the translation of medical technology from “Lab to Market.”. The database covers over 70 categories of Pioneering Research, 75 relevant market niches in the Colonizing Small Business sector, and comprehensive analysis of Mass Market Consolidators: & Supporting Intermediaries in the major market verticals related to healthcare.

The data points or “thoughts” are further ‘Tagged” and “Categorized” to display acquisitions and acquirers, funding opportunities and sources, venture capital deal flow (Series A through F), Disruptive Platform technologies, Experienced, Winning Leadership Teams at bringing new product to market, Strategic Corporate Partner candidates, De-Risked recipients of non-dilutive government funding, and companies who are recipients of outsized private equity investments.

Each data point is connected within its own ecosystem of market vertical, company size, geography, and more. The data points are all dynamic, connected to the internet, and reveal additional information if you click them to drill down to the lower levels of detail, i.e., key people, location, contact information, etc. The OSEHRA Brain will provide community members with unparalleled visibility of research impacting their areas of interest, business bringing product ready innovations to market, and who funds them.

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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.

Rideshares to/from the OSEHRA summit

I just thought I'd post a page for folks to coordinate rides to/from the airport to the OSEHRA Summit Site.

From Reagan (DCA)

Tom Munnecke, looking ride/taxi share from DCA to the hotel Tuesday, arriving AA 896 at 6:15PM


From Dulles (IAD)




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.

Recommending "Designing Open Projects: Lessons From Internet Pioneers Designing Open Projects: Lessons From Internet Pioneers"

Dave Wiztel just published an excellent report about openness and the Internet:  Designing Open Projects: Lessons From Internet Pioneers.  It  offers practical design advice to public managers and political leaders who are facing complex, dynamic public challenges involving multiple stakeholders on issues or problems where there is no cl

VIdeos from Underground Railroad Banquet at George Mason University

Here are some videos from the Underground Railroad Banquet held at George Mason University June 5, 2012. 

Note Washington VA Chief of Staff Ross Fletcher's talk demonstrating iPad access to VistA, and an associated App Store for VA apps.  Ross is a poster boy for clinician/programmer collaboration in VistA, one of the key attributes of what made it so successful.

Some thoughts about genomics and future architectures.

Thanks, Gerry, for compiling these links to genomics resources for consideration in future OSEHRA architectural thinking.  I think that this is an extremely important area for a number of reasons:

Obviously, it is a very hot area.  During my visit to Cambridge last week, I couldn't help but notice the number of bulidings with "Gen" names attached.  And, of course, Torrey Pines in San Diego is the same way.

Some events in Boston next week

I'll be in Cambridge next week to attend the O'Reilly Health Foo Camp.   This is a very interesting group of folks collected by O'Reilly Publishers who have a very strong interest in Open Source.  It is also being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Fund.  This is an Open Space "unconference" model, unimaginably far removed from the many "death by Powerpoint" presentations I've sat through in Washington, so it should be a fun, creative time.  I plan to propose a session on Open Vis

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Rideshares to/from the OSEHRA summit

I just thought I'd post a page for folks to coordinate rides to/from the airport to the OSEHRA Summit Site.

From Reagan (DCA)

Tom Munnecke, looking ride/taxi share from DCA to the hotel Tuesday, arriving AA 896 at 6:15PM


From Dulles (IAD)




The OSEHRA Situational Awareness Wiki

The OSEHRA Situational Awareness wiki enables the OSEHRA community to write documents collaboratively, using a simple markup language and a web browser. A single page in a wiki website is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire collection of pages, which are usually well interconnected by hyperlinks, is "the wiki". A wiki is essentially a database for creating, browsing, and searching through information.


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