OSEHRA 2015: VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald to Keynote Open Source EHR Summit

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015-Arlington, VA – The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Robert A. McDonald, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will serve as the keynote speaker for its fourth annual summit, entitled Community-Powered Healthcare IT Solutions. Secretary McDonald will speak on the morning of July 30 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

“We are honored to have Secretary McDonald address our community,” said LTG (ret.) James B. Peake, M.D., Chairman of the OSEHRA Board of Directors and former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “OSEHRA was established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 2011 to foster innovation and serve as a hub of open source EHR activity. As we approach our fourth anniversary, the VA and the entire open source community are seeing the fruits of that initiative. We are pleased to welcome the Secretary, and are grateful for VA’s continued support of open source.”

Robert A. McDonaldThis is the fourth annual OSEHRA Open Source Summit, and over 400 industry leaders, federal and state government officials, academics, clinicians, developers, and researchers from this expanding, vibrant community are expected to participate. Summit attendees will gain expertise in public and private sector open source health IT, will access domestic and international market opportunities, and will collaborate on global state-of-the-art solutions for electronic health records, personal health records, and population health analytics development. Also, in coordination with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) leadership, a session featuring the latest innovations from within VA will be held on the final day.

The Summit is being sponsored by DSS, the returning Conference Sponsor, as well as InterSystems, ASM Research, PwC, GT.M, Kitware, KRM Associates, MSTI, BITS, and Technatomy. Registration for the 2015 OSEHRA Open Source Summit is open, and Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are still available.

Contact: Desereé Johnston (571) 858-3181
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OSEHRA (www.osehra.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA is a rapidly growing open source community with over 2,700 registered members representing 160+ industry, academic, and government organizations. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community engaged in advancing EHR software and related health IT. Additionally, OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as VistA, Blue Button, HealtheMe PHR, and now popHealth®. OSEHRA is a member of global industry associations including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), and the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

ASM Research (http://www.asmr.com/) is a leading solutions integrator focused on using information and technology to solve real world problems for the Federal, state, and local Government organizations we serve. Its Information Solutions, Professional Services, and Information Assurance experts apply the latest technologies and industry methodologies to project management, analytical, personnel training and force structure, healthcare, and education challenges. For more than 30 years, ASM Research's commitment to its clients ́ missions has repeatedly produced extraordinary results.

BITS (http://www.thebitsgroup.com) specializes in providing strategic enterprise information technology services and solutions to the Department of Defense, Federal, Local and State Governments. BITS is partnered with product and technology vendors in Healthcare, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Business Intelligence and Analytics solutions.

DSS, Inc. (www.dssinc.com) develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the Veterans Affairs VistA system and specializes in healthcare IT solutions that improve quality and productivity. The organization also designs applications that are compatible with the Indian Health Services RPMS, the Department of Defense’s healthcare systems and vxVistA. To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment website, The VistA Extension Hub (www.ThevxHub.org) that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among Open Source vxVistA and VistA users.

GT.M (http://fis-gtm.com) is a database engine with scalability proven in the largest real-time core processing systems in production at financial institutions worldwide, as well as in large, well known healthcare institutions, but with a small footprint that scales down to use in small clinics, virtual machines and software appliances.

InterSystems Corporation (http://www.intersystems.com) is a privately held vendor of software systems and technology for data management, strategic interoperability, and analytics platforms used in healthcare, financial services, government, and other industries. Its products include the InterSystems Caché DBMS and application development environment, the Ensemble integration platform, DeepSee embedded real-time business intelligence, and the HealthShare healthcare informatics platform. In selected countries, InterSystems also offers unified healthcare applications, based on its platforms that deliver on the promise of connected healthcare.

Kitware, Inc. (http://www.kitware.com) is a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and state of the art technology. Through its long-standing commitment to open source, detailed in its open source mission statement, Kitware has become one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. By fostering extended, collaborative communities, Kitware is able to provide flexible, cost-effective visualization, computer vision, medical imaging, data publishing and quality software process solutions to a variety of academic and government institutions and private corporations worldwide.

KRM Associates, Inc. (http://www.krminc.com) is a small, independent woman-owned company headquartered in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. We provide information technology and security services and consulting, specializing in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) and Information Technology (IT) security. KRM is a leader in open source technology and successfully developed HealtheMe, an open source PHR based on the VA’s MHV, and is the lead technical resource for VistA and HIT applications for OSEHRA.

Management Support Technology, Inc., (MSTI) (http://www.msti-net.com/index.html) is an ISO-certified, Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), self-certified Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) located in Fairfax, VA. MSTI has been providing high-quality on-site IT, management and support labor services since 1990. MSTI specializes in Government Financial, Program & Budget Execution, Information Management, Strategic Plan Assessments, Records Management, Program Management, Administrative and Logistics Support Services.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (http://www.pwc.com/) helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. PwC is a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.

Technatomy (http://www.technatomy.com) delivers a range of advanced IT solutions that help clients get the most from their information assets. With specialized expertise in agile development and mobile solutions for clients in the Federal Government, Technatomy has a track record of bringing high levels of passion and integrity to every engagement.