Fileman 22.2 Deployment by VA Achieves a Major Open Source Goal

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For the past several months we have been sharing the news of VA's integration of the OSEHRA-certified MSC Fileman 22.2 into their enterprise version of VistA. This integration has been a milestone in the agency's adoption of community-based open source enhancements, the development of which involved many dedicated community members over more than a decade.

VA Updates VistA 4 Roadmap

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has updated their VistA 4 Roadmap.  The update was sent to Congress last week, and has been provided to OSEHRA for posting.  Many thanks to those of you who responded (both online and offline) to our call for comments on February 4.  Further comments on the updated document are welcome.

OSEHRA Hosts HIMSS Special Session on Open Source EHR Innovation

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OSEHRA led a special session on Open Source EHR Innovation during HIMSS 2014 on Sunday, February 23rd.  The first portion of the agenda highlighted innovations by providers such as Oroville Hospital, the State of North Carolina, and the College of St. Scholastica.  The latter portion of the session focused on the leadership and vision of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  VA provided a stellar team of briefers covering a range of topics that included VistA Evolution, Standardization, and Community Engagement.

Update on HealthBoard GUI as applied during the VA Scheduling Challenge

Hi All,

For those of you who have been following the VA Scheduling Challenge, you may be aware that it was recently announced that the HP Open Community Team won 3rd place!   The team and approach was largely the brainchild of Ken Rubin and cobbled together a number of participants from the OSEHRA user community and beyond.  A major part of our contribution at Parsons was the HealthBoard GUI, which was repurposed for the challenge by our designers and engineers to provide a more user-friendly approach to the VA's current medical scheduling system.  

VA testing cash prizes to improve its health record system -


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 ...

VA Health Design Challenge Result: 2nd Place for Best Medication Section!

We're happy to announce that our design team won second place in the Best Medication section of the VA Health Design Challenge!  The design was the culmination of work from a number of designers, theorists and medical informatics specialists, which we believe reflects nicely on the possibilities of good design.

CIO VA, Roger Baker, VistA Open Source Initiative Memo

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In memo attached, dated June 6, 2012, addressed to all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries and other Key Officials, Roger Baker, Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, sets a deadline of October 1, 2012 to implement the open source model for VistA.

In this correspondence, Mr. Baker notes that the "VistA Open Source Initiative" is an effort to ensure that the modernization of the VA electronic health record is open to the best minds in government, industry and academia.  

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