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The Interview: Aneesh Chopra

Nancy Scola | The Atlantic | February 6, 2012

The outgoing chief technology officer of the United States talks SOPA, open government, and MacGyvering an innovations policy for the country.

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The Race To Manage Government Records Begins

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | July 22, 2013

As federal agencies crawl toward deadlines to permanently store their records in digital formats, the National Archives and Records Administration is bringing together vendors that want a piece of that business. Read More »

The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, And The Missing

Jeremy Gillula and Kurt Opsahl and Rainey Reitman | Electronic Frontier Foundation | May 4, 2014

Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during his January 17 speech on NSA surveillance reforms. Now that we’ve had a chance to read the report we’d like to share our thoughts on what we liked, what we didn’t, and what we thought was missing...

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US Won't Reveal Records On Health Website Security

Jack Gillum | SF Gate | August 21, 2014

After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in...

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Valley General Hospital Goes Live on OpenVista Electronic Health Record

Press Release | Medsphere Systems Corporation, Valley General Hospital (VGH) | October 23, 2014

Medsphere Systems Corporation and Valley General Hospital (VGH) today announced that VGH is up and running on Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). The Snohomish County community hospital, located northeast of Seattle, now looks forward to Meaningful Use 2014 certification later this year and federal reimbursement early next year. Both Medsphere and VGH estimate that federal Meaningful Use funds will cover most if not all of the initial five-year subscription costs for OpenVista. Read More »

Valley General Hospital Selects OpenVista Electronic Health Record

Press Release | Medsphere Systems Corporation | May 5, 2014

Northwest community-based hospital cites affordability, interoperability, proven track record in choosing Medsphere’s open EHR solution Read More »

When Should Open Source Be Written Into Law?

Jon Buys | Ostatic | January 22, 2012

I would suggest three areas of software which should be available upon request, without question. 1. Medical Implants. Unequivocally, any programmable electronic device which we put into our bodies should be available for review...

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Who Says a Common VistA Code Base is Unattainable?

Who Says a Common VistA Code Base is Unattainable? Certainly not the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), nor 27 principal developers of VistA who participated in the first OSEHRA Code Alignment Workshop held in Oakland, California, last week. An unprecedented effort, the workshop brought together government and private organizations dedicated to open source solutions for the challenges facing healthcare. Its primary objective was to facilitate rapid innovation for the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), the electronic health record (EHR) software used by Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities as well as hundreds of medical centers in the U.S. and abroad, totaling approximately 2,500 facilities worldwide. Read More »