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OSEHRA 2013: Open Source EHR Summit Registration Opens

Press Release | OSEHRA | June 13, 2013

The Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software, announces that registration is open for its 2nd Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop. OSEHRA’s goal is to drive rapid innovation in electronic health records and health IT through an Open Source software process involving the community of software developers, clinicians, business leaders and other practitioners. The Open Source electronic health record (EHR) enterprise is gaining tremendous momentum in the private and public sectors; and the number of private company contributors participating in the Open Source EHR endeavor is growing steadily.
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OSEHRA 2013: OSEHRA CEO Seong K. Mun on iEHR, Future of Open Source EHR

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | August 26, 2013

...Government Health IT Editor Tom Sullivan spoke with Seong K. Mun, CEO and president of Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent, otherwise known as OSEHRA, about the prospects for DoD actually picking VistA, his agency’s work on a standard code base that, in the long run, all the VA hospitals could adopt, and what to expect at this year’s conference, which runs from September 4-6, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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OSEHRA 2014: Tweed, Rhodes and Timson Receive Awards During Open Source EHR Summit

Press Release | OSEHRA | September 18, 2014

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) announced today the recipients of the 2014 OSEHRA Awards presented at the widely-attended 2014 OSEHRA Open Source Summit. Three outstanding individuals were recognized by the OSEHRA community for their leadership and contributions to health information technology and innovative healthcare. Read More »

OSEHRA Open Source Community Celebrates 1,000th Member

Press Release | OSEHRA | July 9, 2012

OSEHRA, (Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent) the nonprofit dedicated to advancing open source electronic health records and accelerating innovation in health care information technology, announced today it has surpassed 1,000 authenticated users. Read More »

Panetta, Shinseki Acknowledge Frustration in Streamling Military Health Care

Staff Writer | Washington Post | July 26, 2012

Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki acknowledged Wednesday that they have been frustrated by departmental bureaucracy in their attempts to streamline military health care for severely wounded service members. Read More »

Pentagon Resists Administration’s Mandate for an Open Source Health Records System

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | April 22, 2013

President Obama has backed open standards for an integrated electronic health record system to serve the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments since his first term, but Pentagon plans to acquire commercial software to replace the department’s current EHR are “manifestly inconsistent” with that approach, J. Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation wrote in a blistering memo. Read More »

Q&A: Harris CEO Jim Traficant on the 'genius' vision of open source in VA and DoD iEHR

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 11, 2012

By fostering an open source ecosystem around their joint iEHR, the DoD and VA are not only tapping into less expensive software and development, but also training industry on how to work with them,  sparking innovation and, ultimately, reaping the rewards of those IT advancements.

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Q&A: On driving common governance between the DoD and VA

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | June 6, 2011

Doug Felton is the manager of enterprise architecture for the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs – a role that gives him insight into inter-organizational space, otherwise known as IOS. At the GHIT 2011 show on June 14-15 in Washington D.C., Felton will lead a session in which he'll share some insights about common governance between the two agencies, mediating engineering process Read More »

Q&A: What the NwHIN Folks are Learning from DoD and VA Open Source eEforts

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | March 14, 2012

The DoD and VA are employing open source in their mammoth joint iEHR to an extent the federal government has not previously attempted – and among the agencies keeping a close eye on that is ONC. Read More »

Readers respond: Control is an issue for open source pieces of DoD/VA joint EHR

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | October 7, 2011

The massive undertaking to create a dual-agency EHR that serves both DoD and VA patients with a system woven from existing proprietary and open source components might demand something to which the federal government is largely unaccustomed. Read More »

Remarks by Secretary of Defense Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki at the James Lovell Federal Health Care Center

Press Release | U.S. Department of Defense | May 21, 2012

Secretary Panetta and I have committed to a single common joint integrated electronic health record -- each of those words means something -- one that is open in architecture and nonproprietary in design to expand information sharing, eliminate gaps between our two robust health care systems. This is key to seamlessness, critical to enhancing quality of health care and essential to controlling costs.

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RFI & RFP to be issued for VA/DoD iEHR software modules

Stephen Hufnagel | OEHRA News | June 4, 2012

CALL FOR INTEREST & PARTICIPATION: The VA/DoD Integrated Elctronic Health Rcord (iEHR) program will be issuing Requests for Information (RFIs) in June on Laboratory, Pharmacy and Immunization. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) will be issues around labor day. Immunization Management seems to be a perfect opportunity for the Open Source Community, including interested VA developers, to come together with repurposed VistA, CHCS and other Open Source alternatives to a purely commercial solution to iEHR capabilities/ applications. Read More »

Senator Slams Pentagon for Its Electronic Health Record Strategy

Bob Brewin | NextGov | June 12, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., opened today’s Senate Budget Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s 2014 spending plan with sharp criticism over the Pentagon’s decision not to develop an integrated electronic health record with the Veterans Affairs Department. Read More »

Shinseki: VA to move forward with electronic records

Amber Corrin | FCW | April 15, 2013

Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki insisted at an April 15 congressional hearing that the VA will move forward on a joint electronic health records system with the Defense Department, even as Pentagon officials are pausing to review their approach. Read More »

Sorry VistA, DoD's health record won't be open source

Molly Bernhart Walker | FierceGovernmentIT | February 25, 2015

The Defense Department's next electronic health record will not be based on the open source architecture that supports the Veterans Affairs Department's EHR. A change to the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization solicitation narrowed down the field of contractors vying for the $11 billion program – eliminating the only proposed solution built on the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA.

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