CHCS

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Coming Soon: Pentagon’s Multi-Billion Dollar Health Records Contract

Frank Konkei | Nextgov | April 25, 2014

Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the United States.

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DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability Conference

Press Release | Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) | August 22, 2013

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) announces the DoD/VA EHR Integration and Interoperability scheduled for September 16-18, 2013 in Arlington, VA. Read More »

Google Joins VistA Team Proposing Open Source EHR for the Department of Defense

Google has thrown its hat into the EHR ring by joining the team led by PwC which is proposing that the Department of Defense (DoD) upgrade their current EHR to Defense Operational Readiness Health System (DORHS), a customized application built for the DoD and based on VistA, the open source EHR developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...Google’s participation has enormous implications for both the DoD’s EHR and to the healthcare industry as a whole. By choosing the open source EHR team, Google...has sent a clear message to the world that VistA is the best option for the DoD.

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Government IT contractor sues VA over Cerner Deal

Arthur Allen | Politico | August 23, 2017

CliniComp, a major Pentagon and VA electronic health records provider, is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs over Secretary David Shulkin's decision to offer a no-bid contract to Cerner to replace the agency’s VistA system. The suit brought Friday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims charges that the VA violated federal contracting law by making the June announcement without first conducting market research or assessing the cost of the contract. It demands that the judge restrain the VA from awarding the contract to Cerner until the protest is resolved.

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Munnecke on "Dots-First" vs. "Links-First" Metadata Approach, or Why ICD10 is Going to Fail

Note that, even in 1986, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was savvy to, and advocating the use of metadata (then called the “data dictionary – a roadmap to the database.”  It understood its use in VistA (then called DHCP), its role in portability (then with the Indian Health Service), and hopes to use it for the Department of Defense’s Composite Health Care System. Read More »

Open Letter to Chuck Hagel: DoD still doesn’t know what the hell they are doing

...I fear that you are paving a road to a hellish destination.  Rather than lifting up the VA eligibility problem to a shiny new common information system, you are on the verge of dragging health IT into the same bureaucratic vortex that has already done so much damage in the past.  AHLTA was declared “intolerable” in a Congressional hearing 4 years ago.... Read More »

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 »

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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Strange Sales Tactic: Oracle Blasts Defense-VA on Use of Open Source Software

Bob Brewin | NextGov | October 16, 2013

Oracle Corp. put out a 19-page white paper last month that pilloried the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments for thinking open source software can save money...The white paper zeroed in on the now aborted effort to develop a Defense-VA integrated electronic health record as a prime example of the billions that can be wasted on an open source project – even though the Pentagon has historically resisted using VA’s...VistA system. Read More »

US Defense Think Tank Calls for DoD to Adopt the Open Source VistA EHR and Avoid Closed and Proprietary EHRs.

One of the most prestigious U.S. defense think tanks, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), issued a white paper Thursday calling on the Department of Defense (DoD) to replace their existing dysfunctional “vendor-lock” medical records system with an electronic health records system (EHR) that is "extensible, flexible and easy to safely modify and upgrade as technology improves and interoperability demands evolve." The white paper warns that a "closed and proprietary" commercial EHR - such as the ones offered by Epic, Cerner or Allscripts - will lead to "vendor-lock” and isolation of health data. Read More »

VistA as an EHR System Core for DoD

Here is a copy of the full text of the proposal submitted by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to the Department of Defense in response to the Request for Information for an electronic health record (EHR) solution that can replace the existing DoD EHR system. This is the approach that makes the most sense as the current core EHR that the Department of Defense (DoD) uses is based on a 30-year-old version of VistA. The current EHR crisis facing DoD stems from the inability to upgrade this older version of VistA. What the VA is proposing is basically an upgrade to DoD's existing core EHR. Read More »

DOD/VA Healthcare 2014

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
May 19, 2014 (All day) - May 22, 2014 (All day)
Location: 
San Antonio, TX
United States

DoD/VA Healthcare 2014 will cover the topics most pertinent to you, our DoD and VA audience members. This year's conference will provide a forum for various military branches and their VA counterparts to discuss best practices for the treatment of patients and exchange ideas with industry leaders.

We realize budgets are tight and time is precious, so DoD/VA Healthcare will cover all the main issues DoD and VA medical professionals are currently tackling in one four day period so attendees will be able to learn and network across multiple medical disciplines and come away with new partnerships and increased knowledge of the topics discussed.

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