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VA Begins Implementation of Open Source EHR

VA recently announced that we’ve taken a big step in the implementation of the open source software model for VistA: the selection of The Informatics Application Group (tiag), an innovative technology services company, to design and launch the Custodial Agent. Over the next several months, we will be working closely with tiag and their partners to create a Custodial Agent to provide structure for the community. One of the primary functions of the CA is to take care of the EHR: to make sure that it is freely available (like it is today), that new components are compatible with the existing software, and that the open source software licenses promote innovation and access. To accomplish this, the CA will maintain a code repository that contains all of the software–the code VA uses as well as new components we may consider–and, importantly, is universally accessible.
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VistA to be deployed in North Carolina

Major news for the VistA software community. After many years of research and preparation, the State of North Carolina will start an initial implementation of VistA in one of its behavioral health facilities. The initial deployment will take place at Central Regional Hospital (CRH), a state psychiatric hospital located in Butner. Read More »

Latin American Conference on Health Informatics

The health IT community in Latin America will be holding a major conference in Mexico next week. The conference, titled "The Latin-American Conference on Health Informatics" will feature a large number of sessions and workshops on health IT collaboration with an impressive line up of speakers. Read More »

Open Source mHealth Solutions Spreading Rapidly

There are already over 4 billion mobile devices in use around the world — 64 percent of them are in the hands of people living in emerging market economies — and the numbers are only growing. In the coming decade, innovative mobile health (mHealth) solutions will dramatically change the daily clinical practices of many health care providers and the lives of their patients. Many of these will be open source solutions, e.g. Sana, eMOCHA, JavaROSA. Read More »

Irish Government Should Emulate Obama's Open Data Strategy

The Irish Government is being called upon to open up all data to citizens and enterprising software developers. By embracing open data principles, open source technology and cloud computing, it is envisaged Ireland could follow in the steps of the U.S. government and European nations like Norway that have embraced open data principles to great success. Read More »

Baker and Levin to Speak at WorldVistA Meeting

WorldVistA just announced that the VA's CIO, Roger Baker, and its CTO, Dr. Peter Levin, will both be speaking at the community's upcoming meeting in Fairfax, VA. The 23rd VistA Community Meeting will take place at George Mason University May 23-25.

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OSCON Health Track Schedule Released

The schedule for the health track at O'Reilly's 2011 Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon, has just been released. This is one of the most important open health conferences this year. There have been some fantastic developments in this area around the world from Africa, to Asia, Latin America, Europe, and here in the U.S..

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VA Releases Custodial Agent RFP

On Friday the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its long-anticipated Request for Proposal (RFP) for an open source custodial agent. This custodial agent will manage the open source EHR ecosystem for VA's VistA system.  Read More »

VeHU Training Site Pilot Opens April 26

Huge news for the VistA community. The VA's eHealth University will be launching a pilot for a new training web site on April 26. The site, MyVeHUCampus, will feature the VistA-based Health IT training materials available to the VA staff.  Read More »

RPMS Awarded Meaningful Use Certification

One of the most poorly-funded federal agencies, the Indian Health Service (IHS), has defied the odds once again and it has become the first federal agency to have its health information system certified for Meaningful Use. 

IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux announced “the Indian Health Service is very proud to be the first federal agency to earn this certification, which is based on industry standards.” She emphasized that RPMS will “help us provide quality health care delivery to patients in the Indian health system,” adding that the “monetary incentives made available by this certification will also benefit IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health facilities.”

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