In March 2018, OSEHRA launched the Synthetic Patient Data Open Source Project Group, sponsored by Organizational Member Perspecta. The group was chartered to develop an open source toolset for generating clinically valid synthetic patient data and loading it into VistA. Upon evaluating available open source synthetic patient generators, the group decided to use the SyntheaTM software developed by The MITRE Corporation for the synthetic patient generation.
The ongoing progress of the group is headed by two efforts:
- Developing software that loads patients into VistA; and
- Creating SyntheaTM Disease Modules to be incorporated into SyntheaTM.