Open Source EHR Systems Deployed in South Dakota & Surrounding States

The acquisition, installation, and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across South Dakota and many other states across the U.S.  See the map of healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in South Dakota and surrounding states.


In the state of South Dakota, all of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities are continuing to use the well known, award winning VistA System. VA healthcare facilities (i.e. hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes) using VistA include the:

• Hot Springs VA Medical Center
• Fort Meade VA Medical Center
• Aberdeen VA Clinic
• Eagle Butte VA Clinic
• Faith VA Clinic
• Isabel VA Clinic
• McLaughlin VA Clinic
• Mission VA Clinic
• Sioux Falls VA Medical Center
• Pierre VA Clinic
• Pine Ridge VA Clinic
• Rapid City VA Clinic
• Wagner VA Clinic
• Watertown VA Clinic
• Winner VA Clinic

The following Indian Health Service (IHS) or Native American Tribal healthcare facilities in South Dakota are currently using a variant of the VistA system known as RPMS:

• Cheyene River Medical Center
• Pine Ridge Indian Hospital
• Rapid City Indian Hospital
• Rosebud Medical Center
• Allen IHS Health Clinic
• Sisseton/Wahpeton Health Clinic
• McLaughlin IHS Clinic
• Wanblee Health Center
• Sioux Falls Urban Indian Health Clinic
• Fort Thompson IHS Clinic
• South Dakota Urban Indian Health Clinic
• Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Clinic
• Cheyene River Sioux Tribal Clinic
• Lower Brule Health Center
• Kyle Health Center
• Manderson IHS Health Clinic
• Wagner IHS Clinic
• Cherry Tribal Creek
• Wakpala Tribal Clinic
• Aberdeen Urban Indian Health Clinic

The following are other Federal, State, and/or local community healthcare facilities in South Dakota currently using other derivatives of the VistA system, e.g. CHCS, OpenVistA, vxVistA, WorldVistA.

• 28th Medical Group - Ellsworth Air Force Base

See the map of all healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in South Dakota and other states across the U.S.  VistA, or one of its derivatives, is one of the most widely used EHR systems in the country. Stay tuned to Open Health News (OHN) for upcoming announcements about additional VistA acquisitions and installations

Finally, other popular 'open source' EHR systems in use across Alabama and other states in the South  include OpenEMR and OpenMRS. It has been estimated that there are more than 5,000 installations of OpenEMR in physician offices and other small healthcare facilities across the U.S. serving more than 30 million patients. Further, conservative estimates by the OpenEMR Organization(OEMR)  indicate that OpenEMR is installed in over 15,000 healthcare facilities around the world, translating into more than 45,000 practitioners using the system serving approximately 90 million patients.  As of 2012, OpenMRS was in use at over 100 facilities in more than 30 countries and had been used to record over 2 million patient records around the world.

Don't forget to read related articles about 'open source', 'open data', 'open access', and 'open standards' in South Dakota that have been posted on Open Health News (OHN).

Open Health News (OHN) plans on releasing a comprehensive report on the VistA Market in September with detailed information on VistA deployments state-by-state across the U.S., as well as in countries overseas, e.g. India, Jordan, Mexico, etc.  Also, Peter Groen, Senior Editor at OHN, will be presenting more on the subject and the associated VistA Installations GIS Map & Database v.1.0 at the upcoming OSEHRA Summit meeting.