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Live Blogging: OSEHRA Conference Opens to Capacity Audience

The 1st Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop opened to a capacity audience of nearly 400 participants today at the Gaylord National Conference center at National Harbor in Maryland today This is the conference held by Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent Read More »

Munnecke to Reveal the Secrets to the Success of VistA

Our readers will have a unique and extraordinary opportunity tomorrow, May 10th, to participate in a webinar where Tom Munnecke, one of the pioneers of VistA and one of the world's leading experts in health information technology, will discuss the key factors that led to the success of the VA's VistA. Today VistA is recognized as the world's best hospital-based EHR. 

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eCollaboration Forum SOLD OUT-Live Webinar Available

Well guys, just as I warned, the eCollaboration Forum at the HIMSS12 conference has sold out. But don't despair, the folks at the Collaborative Health Consortium and HIMSS are providing a live webinar connection. In addition, Leonard Kish has made the full agenda available in an easy to use format in his blog. As we discussed in this news item, this Forum promises to be a watershed event for the HIMSS conferece as it presents the participants for the first time a clear and comprehensive of how platforms and ecosystems can work in the health IT field. 

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OHNews Sails Past the 16,000 Unique Visitor Mark

A quick note to our readers. I have been meaning to provide an update on the status of our web site for some time. It has been well under a years since Peter Groen and I launche the web site and the number of visitors have exceeded all our expectations. We through we'd be lucky if we had 10,000 by December. Yet we ended the year with nearly 13,000 unique visitors. I was going to write about that and then it got busy and now we are up to 16,550. Wow!

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Oroville VistA Implementation Raises the Bar

One of most exciting presentations at the VistaEXPO 2011 conference was given by Robert Wentz, Hospital Administrator and CEO of Oroville Hospital, a regional hospital in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. Oroville Hospital has achieved a whole series of milestones in close partnership with the VistA community. These range from a full implementation of VistA in the hospital and most of its 20 clinics, to the achievement of full meaningful use certification.

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VistAEXPO 2011-OSEHRA Report

I have been in In Redmond, Washington for the past two days attending the VistAEXPO 2011 conference. We are midway through the conference and it's time to write some comments. First and foremost I should note that  this has been the most productive meeting of the VsitA community that I have attended. The conference, organized by the VistA Expertise Network, has featured a whole range of presentations and discussions from high level briefings on the work of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) to techincal presentations on breakthrough enhancements for VistA such as the Enterprise Web Developer (EWD) and the ePrescribing package...

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Wisconsin reps trying to torpedo VA's open source strategy

For those of you folks who think that open health is a staid field, this week saw the unfolding of an epic scandal. NexGov's inimitable reporter, Bob Brewin, author of the column What's Brewin, got his hands on a stash of documents showing that elected representatives from Wisconsin are trying to torpedo the open source strategy being pursued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Kudos to VA's CIO, Roger Baker, for standing up for what's right.

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Up and Running

Open Health News is coming soon! Preliminary testing is over and the site will be up and running in production by March 1, 2011. The site will then evolve rapidly as we add new content and capabilities over the coming months. Stay tuned!