Veterans Health Information Systems & Technology Architecture (VistA)

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Open Source EHR Agent (OSEHRA) to Hold Second Developers Summit

David Raths | Healthcare Informatics | August 10, 2013

Nonprofit OSEHRA brings together community of software developers, clinicians, business leaders and other practitioners. Read More »

'Open Source' EHR Systems in Idaho

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across Idaho 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 the state. Read More »

1st OSEHRA Corporate Member Quarterly Update Meeting

Conrad Clyburn | OSEHRA Blog | January 4, 2013

On Friday, 11 January 2013 at 1:00 PM (EST), OSEHRA will convene our first Corporate Member Quarterly Update Meeting.  Attendees will include representatives from our industry, nonprofit and government organizational membership. Read More »

Alabama and Other Southern States Embracing 'Open Health' Solutions

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across Alabama 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 Alabama and neighboring sta Read More »

All VA Medical Centers Named to the 2013 “Most Wired” Hospitals List

Gail Graham | VAtage Point | July 22, 2013

This year, we were honored to have VA, representing all of its 151 VA medical centers, named to the 2013 “Most Wired” Hospitals list. The list is the result of a national survey aimed at ranking hospitals which are leveraging health information technology (HIT) in new and innovative ways. Read More »

AmericanEHRPartners Surveys of Clinician Satisfaction with Health IT & EHR Solutions

AmericanEHR Partners is a free online resource designed to aid the medical community with the selection, implementation, and effective use of health information technology (HIT) and electronic health record (EHR) solutions. If you are in the market looking for an EHR system, you might really want to check out their web site and their survey results on the clinician satisfaction with EHR systems. Surprising many,  the 'open source' VistA system, originally developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the leader in EHR usability by a clear margin. Read More »

An electronic medical records mess

Dan Morhaim | Washington Post | September 27, 2013

Electronic health records were once touted as a turning point in U.S. health care, expected to revolutionize recordkeeping on patient histories and reduce the potential for medical errors. Read More »

Bi-directional Health Information Exchange (BHIE) between VA & DoD

Michael Luby | Government Health IT | May 17, 2013

In a recent Daily Show episode, Stewart was highlighting the backlog, nearly 900,000 strong in VA claims, that is now taking about 273 days per claim to process. Stewart went on to state that the fact that VA and DoD electronic medical records “don’t talk to each other” was the centerpiece to the VA benefits problem.Well, Stewart was half right. Read More »

Burlington hospital expansion includes buying a $160 million EHR System

Steven Rosenberg | The Boston Globe | August 11, 2013

Lahey Health plans to spend over $170 million on its hospital facilities, with a new $162 million electronic medical records system as the centerpiece. Read More »

Burlington Hospital to Acquire Costly Proprietary EHR System

Like many others, Burlington Hospital chooses to buy $160 million proprietary electronic health record (EHR) system, versus considering the use of the award winning free and open source VistA system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA  was honored to have its integrated health care system of hundreds of hospitals and clinics on the '2013 Most Wired Hospitals' list for the first time ever. Read More »

Chuck Hagel – One of the Fathers of VistA

Tom Munnecke | Tom Munnecke's Eclectica | January 6, 2013

I am pleased to read that Chuck Hagel has been nominated to the position of Secretary of Defense.  He was the Deputy Director of the VA when I worked for the Loma Linda VA Hospital, working on what would become the VistA Electronic Health Record System, one of the largest and most successful EHRs.  Starting with very humble beginnings as a “skunkworks”, Chuck played a key role in helping to evolve our early back room prototypes into a VA-wide electronic health record that has won many awards and accolades by physicians. Read More »

Chuck Hagel, Under Attack Again

Myra MacPherson | New York Times | January 8, 2013

Mr. Hagel would be the first enlisted combat veteran to be defense secretary, a grunt who has seen war from the trenches. Others who have plunged America into war — like the former defense secretaries Robert S. McNamara and Donald H. Rumsfeld, both former officers — had never fought in combat...

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CPOE: Meaningful Use’s Primary Obstacle Is VistA’s Greatest Strength

 

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) identifies the implementation and adoption of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) functionality as the number one barrier for hospitals working toward Meaningful Use Stage 1. Entitled “Overcoming challenges to achieving meaningful use: Insights from hospitals that successfully received Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payments in 2011,” the study findings are significant because the say a great deal about the way different health IT platforms have been developed.

Critical Access & Small Hospitals Falling Behind in Meaningful Use

Joseph Goedert | HealthData Management | August 6, 2013

A study from Mathematica Policy Research and the American Hospital Association, published in Health Affairs, finds many critical access hospitals and other smaller hospitals are at risk to fail achieving meaningful use and face Medicare payment penalties in 2015. Read More »

Defense-VA Electronic Health Record Stumbles At Chicago Hospital

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | October 16, 2012

Despite an investment of $100 million since 2009, the Chicago hospital managed jointly by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has not fully developed a joint electronic health record because officials haven’t been able to create a numbering system for prescriptions, the Institute of Medicine said in a report released today. Read More »