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Beyond the theatrics of the VA wait-list scandal

Merrill Goozner | Modern Healthcare | May 24, 2014

The spin cycle of a Washington scandal, once set in motion, is more entertaining to watch than clothes washing at the local laundromat, even though the latter is better at cleaning up a mess. Read More »

Clueless or Craven? The White House Gets the VA Story Exactly Backwards

Sad to say, the Obama administration seems clueless about what might be broken at the VA and how to fix it. Either that, or it is just cravenly saying and doing whatever it thinks is necessary to make the story go away. Evidence for the clueless hypothesis came on Friday, when White House Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors weighed in with his diagnosis (pdf) of what ails the VA. The document is extraordinary in its contradictions, sloppy formulations, and non-evidence-based conclusions.

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HIMSS15: DSS and LiveData Announce Activities at Annual HIMSS Conference, New HX360 Companion Event

Press Release | DSS, Inc., Jeff Robbins, LiveData | April 8, 2015

LiveData today announced its participation in a range of activities at the annual HIMSS conference. As part of its HIMSS15 presence, CEO Jeff Robbins will also be a panelist at HX360, a new initiative co-developed by HIMSS and AVIA. The company also said that CEO Robbins and other LiveData executives will be available for a limited number of one-on-one interviews. Read More »

HIMSS2015: OSEHRA to Exhibit at Annual HIMSS Conference in Chicago

Press Release | OSEHRA | April 10, 2015

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) will return as an exhibitor at the Healthcare Information and Management Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from Monday, April 13 through Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois...During the three-day conference, OSEHRA will showcase significant achievements at Booth 7530.  Attendees will learn of the successes, challenges, and lessons gained from the institutionalization of VistA within VA, the support of the domestic private sector market, and the international implementations of VistA by the UK and Jordan. 

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HLN Releases Roadmap for Open Source Immunization Forecaster

Press Release | HLN Consulting | September 18, 2017

On September 7, 2017 HLN Consulting released a product Roadmap for its award winning Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). ICE is an open source service-oriented, standards-based immunization forecasting software system that evaluates a patient's immunization history and generates the appropriate immunization recommendations. The Roadmap describes modifications that have already been scheduled for inclusion in new releases of ICE in the near future, in addition to ongoing changes that may be required to maintain compliance with Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations...

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House Seeks Details on VA's Health Record Push

Adam Mazmanian | FCW | April 30, 2014

House Republicans are seeking clarity and detail from the Department of Veterans Affairs on plans to improve the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture electronic health record system and make it interoperable with a Department of Defense effort that is still in the planning stages.

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Job Opportunities - Join the deployment of VistA at the New York State Office of Mental Health

Luis Ibáñez | OSEHRA Blog | March 7, 2014

New York State is currently performing the largest deployment of VistA in the United States (outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs).This development is taking place at the Office of Mental Health (OMH), and it is bringing together State Government, Industry and Academia in an open and agile collaborative environment, creating the perf Read More »

OSEHRA 2014 Announces Sponsors for its Open Source Summit

Press Release | OSEHRA | August 7, 2014

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is excited to announce the confirmed sponsors for the 2014 Open Source Summit: Global Collaboration in Health IT to be held September 3-5 at the Bethesda, Maryland North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Read More »

OSEHRA 2019 Summit Dates Announced

Press Release | OSEHRA | February 8, 2019

Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Open Source Summit: Open SaaS - Open Source in the Cloud from Tuesday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, just north of Washington, D.C. This year's two-day Summit will showcase leading-edge, open source initiatives and highlight the increasing level of public-private partnership in major programs and agencies. Open source software has become key to both implementation and interoperability as more and more programs opt for cloud-based solutions and software-as-a-service delivery models. This Summit will address ways to optimize open source utilization and community involvement in this new playing field.

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OSEHRA to Host Innovation Webinar on VA's Lighthouse API Initiative

Press Release | OSEHRA | March 19, 2018

OSEHRA is pleased to announce that we have added a second Innovation Webinar to our March schedule. Register now and join us at 3:00PM EST on both March 20, 2018 and March 27, 2018 for two cutting-edge presentations. Many of you are already registered to hear DXC Chief Technologist and Strategist Bo Dagnall at 3PM on Tuesday, March 20 as he provides an overview of DXC Technology's Digital Health Platform. Patient health outcomes are sub-optimal when medical decisions are made based on incomplete, fragments and unstandardized data. DXC Technology has built a reference implementation of a digital health platform (DHP-RI) to demonstrate the strength of a brand-agnostic platform for accessing and analyzing healthcare data.

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Pentagon Accepts Bids on Long-Awaited Health Records Contract

Frank Konkel | Nextgov | August 26, 2014

The Defense Department on Monday opened its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract to bids, beginning what could be an $11 billion effort over the next decade to modernize the way the Pentagon provides health care to service members. Read More »

Plan VI - OSEHRA Launching Internationalized Version of VistA

Press Release | OSEHRA | August 28, 2018

OSEHRA is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative to create an internationalized version of the VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VistA is periodically released to the public via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and enhanced by the OSEHRA community to create OSEHRA VistA, an open source resource for the entire EHR community. The internationalization effort, dubbed Plan VI, aims to expand VistA capability by making it compatible with various different languages and creating a reference implementation for global use.

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Pontiac General Hospital in Detroit Selects OpenVista Healthcare IT Platform

Press Release | Medsphere, Pontiac General Hospital | May 31, 2016

Medsphere Systems Corporation...today announced that Pontiac General Hospital has selected the OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR) system for implementation. Looking toward a financial rebirth, the new owners of the 306 licensed-bed hospital will use OpenVista to improve management practices and clinical workflows as they also grow clinical staff and expand available services. The rebirth of Pontiac General is an endeavor led by Sanyam Sharma with the support of his family, Dr. Sanjay and Priyam Sharma. While Sanyam formed Sant Partners, LLC, last summer in preparation for entering the healthcare provider turnaround space, Pontiac General is only the Sharmas’ most recent healthcare revitalization project.

Q&A: Dave Peters on open source adoption within Veterans Affairs

David Perera | FierceGovernmentIT | April 4, 2014

The high-profile attention open source adoption within the Veterans Affairs Department received from some now-retired political appointee executives was a spur to action – but also led over the past year to worries that with those executives gone, open source would no longer be a priority. Read More »

Tennessee Department of Health Selects DSS vxVistA as Statewide EHR

Press Release | DSS, Inc. | October 28, 2014

DSS, Inc., announced today that the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has selected its electronic health record (EHR), vxVistA, as part of the state’s Electronic Public Health Information (EPI) initiative to adopt a statewide EHR, replace selected functionality of the current Patient Tracking Billing Management Information System (PTBMIS) and facilitate interoperability with TDH public health delivery systems.

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