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VA's Palo Alto Hospital Selects Bitscopic's PraediAlert Clinical Surveillance Platform

Press Release | Bitscopic | September 14, 2020

Bitscopic Inc., a Silicon Valley based healthcare analytics company, announced today that the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Medical Center has selected Bitscopic's PraediAlert platform for clinical surveillance. PraediAlert is an FDA registered clinical surveillance system that allows hospitals to improve patient care and patient safety by minimizing and managing patients at risk for hospital acquired infections (HAI) as well as optimizing care team productivity and workflows to improve patient outcomes.

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VA, Citing Taxpayer Savings, Seeks Open Source EHR

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | April 1, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department has started to move toward an open source model to modernize its acclaimed VistA electronic health record (EHR) system. VA expects to begin conversion to an open source iteration of VistA (Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture) by summer, said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in an April 1 announcement that it will release a draft document requesting vendors to offer proposals.

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VA, DOD to Incorporate Open Source in EHR

Mary Mosquera | HealthcareIT News | April 29, 2011

The secretaries of the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments will meet May 2 to determine their next steps toward developing a single electronic health record for the two agencies, according a senior VA official. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and DOD Secretary Robert Gates agreed in March on a commonn technical arcitecture, data and services and exchange standards for the joint system. Read More »

VA, Indian Health Service Outline New Plan for Improving Care With IT

Molly Merrill | HealthcareIT News | October 16, 2010

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Indian Health Service (IHS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans, officials announced Tuesday. The MOU includes improving care though the development of health information technology. Read More »

VA, Utah Plan July Launch to Test Rural Veterans' Data Exchange

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | April 26, 2011

The Veterans Affairs Department will launch in July the exchange of veterans’ health records between its medical center and private healthcare providers in rural southeastern Utah. It will be the first demonstration of the VA’s virtual lifetime electronic record (VLER) to concentrate on coordinating care in a rural region. Veterans living in rural areas can face long distances to travel to the closest VA medical center. Read More »

VA/DoD fully integrated EHR solution still many years off

Bob Brewin | NextGov | May 22, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will not deploy an integrated electronic health record until 2017, eight years after President Obama kick-started the project, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. Read More »

VA/DoD Health Records: It's the Data, Not the Software

Bob Brewin | NextGov | July 10, 2013

Top officials at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments said Wednesday they will create a system to exchange standard clinical health data, which will allow the departments to develop a single, shared electronic health record without the need to build a joint system from scratch. Read More »

VA/DoD iEHR Initiative: VA reconfirms its commitment to open source

Bob Brewin | NextGov Newsletter | May 24, 2012

The integrated electronic health record planned by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments to jointly serve military personnel and veterans will cost $4 billion to develop and will go into service in stages from 2014 through 2017, according to Roger Baker, VA chief information officer. Read More »

Veterans Health Library

The My HealtheVet Veterans Health Library (VHL) provides veterans, family members, and caregivers with online access to comprehensive, Veteran-focused health information. Read More »

VHA Quietly Provides EHR Training to Physicians in the U.S.

Training physicians in the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems is crucial nowadays. Fortunately, this type of training has been quietly provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to many hundreds of thousands of clinicians across the country over the past several decades. Here are some simple facts that might surprise some readers. Read More »

Video Presentations Posted by VistA Community Members

Peter Groen | Open Health News (OHN) | March 25, 2011

The VistA Community is composed of a growing number of organizations that provide system implementation,  software development, training, and other support services for the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system. Watch selected video presentations from several VistA organizations in the VistA community on their versions of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system that they have been posted on YouTube – click on

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VistA & 'Open' EHR Systems spread across West Virginia & Appalachia

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across West Virginia 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 West Virginia and oth Read More »

VistA & Open Source EHR Systems in Florida and the Caribbean

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across Florida and many other islands and nations across the Caribbean.  See the map of healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in the regi Read More »

VistA & the Underground Railroad

See this series of You Tube video presentations about the public domain VA VistA comprehensive health information system. The speakers were attending the latest gathering of the original developers who were members of a clandestine group of forward thinkers within the Veterans Administration (VA) known as the Underground Railroad. VistA is now one of the most well known of the open source Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. See the video presentations on You Tube.   Read More »

VistA 'Custodial Agent' Site Goes Live

After a long and suspenseful wait for the VistA community, the web site for VistA's 'Custodial Agent' effort went live this morning. Little information has been released by the VA or the 'Custodial Agent' team since the contract award was made so this is the first time the community gets a chance to see what the 'Custodial Agent' team has been working on.

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