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DSS and First Databank Collaborate to Enhance Patient Care and Outcomes

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), First Databank | May 17, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of health information technology (HIT) solutions for federal, private and public healthcare organizations, today announced a collaboration with FDB (First Databank), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that helps improve medication-related decisions and patient outcomes. DSS will incorporate FDB’s MedsTracker® MedRec and e-Prescribing solutions within its open source EHR system, vxVistA, to enhance patient care transitions and help healthcare organizations achieve Meaningful Use compliance...

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DSS Awarded VA Contract for Logistics and Prosthetics Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) | August 15, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.), a leading provider of health information technology (HIT) solutions for federal, private and public healthcare organizations, today announced it has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a base ordering period of 36 months and 1 optional ordering period of 12 months, for the Logistics and Prosthetics Graphical User Interface (GUI) overlay Software Licenses and Maintenance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

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DSS hands open source search tool over to OSEHRA

Mike Millard | Healthcare IT News | October 16, 2012

Document Storage Systems has released to the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent an open source tool that enables clinicians who use the VistA EHR to search a patient's record for free text data that might otherwise be scattered throughout the chart. Read More »

DSS Inc. to Upgrade VA’s Non-VA Care Claims Management System FBCS with Web-Based Centralization and Auto Adjudication Functionality

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), Alpha II | December 17, 2015

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading commercial provider of VistA-based systems, today announced valuable operational enhancements to its Fee Basis Claims System (FBCS) application. The new functionality enhances the claims management process for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Non-VA care claims by centralizing data and further automating the adjudication process. The new browser-based version of the application suite complies with VA Enterprise Technical Architecture (ETA) as well as VA future-state design patterns and is scalable to support current and expected increases in claims processing workload...

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DSS, Inc. Acquires Patient Engagement and Scheduling Solutions

Press Release | Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) | December 1, 2016

Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of software development and support for VistA and vxVistA, today announced a strategic agreement to acquire the Best in KLAS ForSite2020 patient engagement suite of products from Streamline Health, Inc. The acquisition includes theproduct suite, current customer base and personnel. The product suite consists primarily of Patient Scheduling and Surgery Management software and is based upon the ForSite2020 solution which Streamline Health acquired in connection with its acquisition of Unibased Systems Architecture, Inc. (USA, Inc.), in February, 2014 (and which Streamline Health subsequently branded as its Looking Glass® Patient Engagement)...

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DSS, Inc. Unveils New Acquisition Purchasing Agent Tool to Benefit Veteran Care

Press Release | DSS, Inc. | June 19, 2012

Module Simplifies Procurement of Prosthetics with Automated Workflow to Better Manage Reporting Processes, Streamline Ordering and Reduce Associated Costs with Fewer Errors Read More »

EHR Systems & Cost Transparency in the Healthcare Industry

Cost transparency is obviously a big issue in the healthcare industry. Whether it’s the amazing variation in costs hospitals charge patients for similar medical procedures, or the costs associated with acquiring and implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for a hospital - Why are all these costs often carefully hidden?  Is there something special about the healthcare industry that says – "Let's not talk about how much things really cost." Apparently, many industry leaders must feel that hospitals boards and patients have no need to know this information. Read More »

EHRs: Buy vs. Build, or the Best of Both

In the electronic health record (EHR) market, even though an enterprise solution is not an operating system, the parallels are clear. Healthcare organizations use expensive and complex proprietary systems that are difficult to maintain.  The leading systems have prohibitive total costs of ownership. Ownership is undermined by vendor lock. The most important and valuable enhancements are held back for the next chargeable upgrade.  Lack of interoperability is a business model.

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Electronic Medical Records for Cruise Ship Passengers

When I was on my last cruise, I started wondering if cruise ships have ever considered using some form of electronic medical record (EMR) system. It could come in very handy, especially the next time there is a disaster at sea – e.g. sinking ship, fire on board, breakdown at sea, an outbreak of disease, or... Not that that would ever happen. Cruise ships have been in the news a lot lately – and most of the news has not been good. That's too bad because I love cruising. I've been on multiple Carnival cruise line trips to the Caribbean and to the Mediterranean and have enjoyed them all. My latest cruise was a 2-week voyage on a Princess line cruise ship from Miami, through the Panama Canal, to Los Angeles. It was great. Read More »

EWD.js and VistA: Now With No Barriers to Entry

Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy.  Before explaining what I’ve been busy doing, I’ll start by stating my sincere thanks to Christopher Edwards (KRM Associates and Certification Manager at OSEHRA) for enhancing and extending his installer for VistA to include an option to automatically install, configure and fire up EWD.js. Read More »

FDA Issues RFQ for Large Scale EHR Study - Wants to Leverage VA's Open Source VistA EHR and Database for Research

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday issued a Request for Quotation (RFQ) for a large-scale electronic health record (EHR) system. This RFQ is very important as the objective is to develop a platform to support a critical project by the FDA's Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics (DBB) "to conduct research to assess the safety and surveillance of FDA regulated products through the FDA adverse event reporting systems..." Adverse drug reactions are one of the leading causes of death in the US, thus finding which drugs cause negative interactions is of vital importance. The project requires "use of the large electronic medical record (EMR) system..." The project is going to leverage the largest, most comprehensive, and clinically relevant medical records database, that of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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Five Reasons Why Windows 8 Has Failed

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | ZDNet | March 4, 2013

The numbers are in and they don't lie. Windows 8 market adoption numbers are well behind Microsoft's greatest previous operating system failure, Vista. Read More »

Former head of ONC continues to push forward with Open Health Tools

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | August 3, 2012

Robert Kolodner, MD, admits to keeping a low profile following his stint as interim National Coordinator for Health IT...Low profile notwithstanding, Kolodner has been anything but idle. It's just that he prefers "to do and then talk," he says. A new collaboration between Georgia Tech and the VA on health IT innovation has Kolodner talking. The forging of partnerships like this one, which Kolodner was instrumental in achieving, is the focus of this "recovering fed's" new work in health IT. Read More »

Gibson: VA Pursuing Schedule Fix On Multiple Tracks

Adam Mazmanian | FCW | July 16, 2014

There are 11 known defects in the scheduling system,  part of the VistA health record system, and those "are being patched as we speak," Gibson told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 16. In addition, the VA is developing four new interfaces to make it easier for schedulers to access the system, and to give veterans the ability to access their own appointments data through the VA...

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Go-live gone wrong

Bernie Monegain | HealthcareITNews | July 31, 2013

Much anticipated, and sometimes hyped, electronic health record system rollouts cost millions of dollars and often end up causing chaos, frustration, even firings at hospitals across the country. Case in point: Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, a 600-bed hospital that is home to the celebrated Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, and a part of the MaineHealth network. Read More »