VA FileMan 22.2 FileMan Routine Changes and Visual Cross-Reference Documentation link.

By following the installation instruction of the Fileman 22.2 submission in OSEHRA Technique Journel (, we  install Fileman 22.2 sucessfully on a VistA instance based on FOIA 082412 release. Routine changes are extracted and imported into VistA-FOIA git repository based on FOIA 082412. The difference between Fileman 22.2 and FOIA 082412 can be view directly via github:

Fileman vs FOIA 082412

FileMan - self describing, data-wise

Context: been mailing with Sam about a code convergence call and here are some data-centric FileMan issues I'd like to bring up.

All in all, I'd like FileMan to be fully self-describing and enforcing so that its data is easier to model and mine. I don't want to have to do ANY data rework in an outside data store.

1. the three types of multiple: we need to distinguish/define these formally

Fileman 22.2 Documentation Suite

The Fileman 22.0 documentation suite, as released by VA, included: Release Notes, Installation Guide, Technical Manual, Getting Started Manual, Advanced User Manual, and Programmer Manual.

We're in the process now of revising the documentation suite for the 22.2 release. We have completed the Release Notes, and I believe that the current draft has been uploaded to the "Documents" section of this project. (It is a "current draft" because we haven't yet received VA approval for it.)

Now 3 standard output formats for any VistA data and "Linked Data" too

For a while now, you've been able to extract any data - Patient, Institution, Knowhow or System - from any VistA using FMQL, the FileMan Query Language. Open source FMQL projects FileMan as a "web of data" - it's based on SPARQL, the w3c's semantic web language - and to it, data is just data with all of VistA's 2500+ files treated the same way. This contrasts with the myriad of "data type specific" extractors VistA supports today. I'd just like to point out two upgrades in progress. Not just JSON - RDF and HTML too


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