VistA Academy 2013 - Linux & Open Source EHR Training

Peter GroenCrawford Rainwater, leading expert on the use of Linux as a platform for 'open source' electronic health records (EHR) systems, will be teaching Linux Essentials and Beginning Linux Systems Administration courses during the upcoming VISTA Academy 2013 to be held on October 18-21 in Seattle, Washington.

The VISTA Academy is part of a more extensive VISTA Expo & Symposium 2013 conference that is focused on the award-winning VistA electronic health record (EHR) system developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The open source VistA system is currently one of the most widely deployed hospital-based EHR in the world. Private sector hospitals that have implemented VistA have found that the cost of implementing VistA is between one third (1/3) to one fifth (1/5) the cost of implementing proprietary EHR solutions.

VistA can be run on multiple operating systems including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X , and Unix. Running VistA on Linux has proven to be the most cost effective, secure and stable solution. Crawford Rainwater,  the CEO and President of The Linux ETC Company, will be teaching all the core elements of Linux for beginners who are seeking to learn how to run VistA or other open source EHRs on the Linux platform.

Other training classes at the VISTA Academy will offer more advanced training topics specifically related to VistA as well as the MUMPS database. There will be many other training sessions offered aimed at IT managers, IT staff, and clinicians. 

In addition, readers might want to check out some of the following 'open source' health IT education and training portals: