vxVistA Now Viewable in VistA Visualization Environment

Press Release | OSEHRA, DSS, Inc. | November 18, 2014

VIVIAN™ initiative gives new insight into VistA structure and dependencies; aids understanding and increases open source community collaboration

JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of VistA-based software development and support, today announced that vxVistA, its open source electronic health record (EHR), is viewable within the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) Visualizing VistA and Namespace (VIVIAN™) application. VIVIAN provides an interactive graphical approach to understanding the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) for clinicians, IT administrators and developers. Through the VIVIAN application, OSEHRA aims to help the entire open source community better understand the structure and content of VistA and enable quick access to code and documentation.

In production for less than a year, VIVIAN has already won widespread acclaim for its novel approach and benefits, particularly in identifying interfaces for external access. vxVistA is the only commercialized version of VistA released to OSEHRA under the Apache License, Version 2.0; it joins the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) version of VistA from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and OSEHRA’s own version on the VIVIAN webpage at http://code.osehra.org/vivian/index.php.

Mike HendersonMike Henderson, OSEHRA’s Director of Open Source Product Management.“DSS’ contribution of vxVistA to the OSEHRA repository and their collaborative work on the VIVIAN project exemplify the value of partnership and collaboration in the open source community,” said Mike Henderson, OSEHRA’s Director of Open Source Product Management. “By leveraging vxVistA in the visualization environment, we are able to further the use of open source VistA code among our community members worldwide and we look forward to continuing to work with DSS as VIVIAN’s capabilities grow.”

Using VIVIAN, vxVistA users, integrators and open source developers will be able to:

  • Explore vxVistA’s functional structure in an interactive venue;
  • Quickly identify package-level dependencies, interfaces and source code during software development;
  • Navigate the functional hierarchy to better understand specific VistA structures; and
  • Optimize use of the open source software to create longitudinal records for more comprehensive patient care.

Mark Byers, President and CEO of DSSMark Byers, President and CEO of DSS

DSS has been a Corporate Member of OSEHRA since 2012, partnering with software users, developers, service providers and researchers to promote open source EHR implementation.

“We are pleased to be part of OSEHRA’s VIVIAN environment as we work to equip clinicians and administrators with the tools they need to operate VistA more effectively,” said. “By collaborating with other Corporate Members and OSEHRA as a whole, we’re able to support the VistA community so they can deliver more comprehensive, patient-centric care around the world.”

About the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA)

OSEHRA 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 2,600 registered members representing 160+ industry, academic, and government organizations. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record. 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), and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).

About Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.)

DSS is a leading health information technology (HIT) software development and systems integration company. For more than 20 years, healthcare organizations have benefited from our technical and service integration expertise. DSS has extensive experience working with federal, private and public healthcare facilities to modernize their legacy systems and to improve efficiencies for clinical and administrative users. DSS is a member of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) organization and released its own open source EHR in 2009, vxVistA, which takes the most reliable and widely used open source EHR in the country to a new level to meet the needs of hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and physician practices. To further 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), which acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among VistA users. For more information about DSS, visit www.dssinc.com.


Jessica Beard, 770-576-2575
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