VOLDEMORT Comparison Tool

The Open Source Electronic Health Record (EHR) Services project, led by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (PwC)* on behalf of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will assist in the development of a VistA comparison tool called VOLDEMORT (Validation of Links, Data Dictionaries, Environment Routines, MUMPS code, Options, Routines and Templates). This tool will be used to identify differences between the open source EHR application (VistA-FOIA) and Production VistA instances in VA hospital and clinics.

This project’s objective is related to the need for an intimate understanding of the VistA architecture and code, and methodologies for analyzing and restructuring VistA code, data, and metadata. 

Throughout the duration of the project, best practices of open source software and community involvement will be upheld. All developed software will be undergo certification via compliance with OSEHRA’s code contribution requirements.

Most of VOLDERMORT's documentation along with its code and discussions on how to use it are hosted on its GITHUB.

Please feel free to check out our other projects for more information on our integrated efforts:

VistA System Test Platform

EHR Refactoring Services

Eclipse Plug-In

*Disclaimer: Ray Group International (RGI) was acquired by PwC, LLP early in November 2012. Please note that all webinars, presentations, etc. prior to November 2012 may contain RGI references and branding. The team has not changed, and the work being performed and quality of that work remains the same.

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The Open Source EHR Services Project has finally come to an end, including all refactoring and API development, the VistA System Test Platform Project, Eclipse Plug-in Tool Project, and VOLDEMORT Tool Project. We want to thank you all for all of your dedicated following and input that have influenced each project's success and contributions to the open source community.

Pictures from the OSEHRA Summit

In the spirit of "openness", I took a collection of pictures throughout the OSEHRA event, all of which are available for download at no cost.  (BTW, I have a lot of pictures of participants in addition to the speakers).

You will find them on my website at http://www.kenrubinphotography.com    Look at the "Featured" albums.

To download, select the images you like from the OSEHRA event and choose "Buy".  You will not be charged.

Comments welcomed and appreciated.

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VOLDEMORT V1.0.0 for 2012

Christmas is coming and the project saddled with the world's longest acronym has reached its first version milestone. V1.0.0 of VOLDEMORT is now on GitHub along with all its code and documentation. 

V1.0.0 uses the latest OSEHRA FOIA as the baseline or "GOLD" VistA against which it compares others. The release not only distinguishes schema differences between VistAs - old, novel, common, to be deleted, refashioned - it also notes corruption in VistA data dictionaries. 

Some links:

RGI transition to PwC

With the recent acquisition of Ray Group International by PricewaterhouseCoopers, our team would like to personally assure the open source community that our project team remains the same, our contractual objectives and projects haven't changed, and our level of service remains unaltered.

Our team looks forwards to continuing our current efforts in collaboration with your support.

Re: [voldemort] why not add repositories to Volemort?

I couldn't agree more Tom. The reason for no repository in this first VDM pass is administrative: any data store would have to be chosen and validated for use inside the VA. In order to get on with (system) data-analysis, it was decided to leave the ins and out of such plumbing decisions to later, just grab data, cache it on disk and process from there and the code is designed so that a data store can be slotted in later. I like this order - focus on content, see how far it gets you and then upgrade the infrastructure. On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM, Tom Munnecke wrote:

why not add repositories to Volemort?

Last January, I proposed an architectural component I called a Foundation that would serve as a repository for everything required to operate an instance of a VistA or VistA-like installation.  I proposed that this repository be available as a SPARQL endpoint, allowing standardized access into one instance, or comparison of multiple versions; such as comparing a VistA and CHCS instance.  The repository would also serve as an archive for future activities, to study the evolution of the instance over time, showing upgrades, changes to coding systems (e.g.

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.

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