VistA e-prescribing module is now open source

Susan D. Hall | FierceHealthIT | December 12, 2012
California hospital enables free access to any organization using the VA-built EHR system

Oroville Hospital in California has made the e-prescribing module it created for the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) open source, making it available for free to any private organization that uses VistA.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs developed the open source electronic health record system VistA, but had no need to connect to private pharmacies, according to an announcement. That led Oroville to develop the module called eRx VistA, which went live in September 2010. According to Oroville, eRx VistA can be used as a stand-alone module or as part of a VistA distribution.

The module, however, requires a subscription to e-prescribe solution provider NewCrop that integrates with Surescripts, First Drug Databank, RxHub and other medical data services. eRx VistA adds the e-prescribing option to VistA's Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). When an order is placed, the software begins a series of checks, including drug-to-drug, drug-to-allergy, and appropriate dosage, according to the announcement. Physicians then can select the pharmacy where the prescription should be sent using the Surescripts network. All  information during the session is pulled back into the VistA EHR...