Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA)

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People To Watch: Matthew McCall

Staff | AOL Government | September 25, 2012

Matt McCall was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Blue Button program as part of the new White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. Read More »

Petition to have DoD adopt the EHR used by the VA posted on the White House web site

Members of the WorldVistA organization have just posted a petition at the "We The People" White House website asking for President Barack Obama to instruct the Department of Defense (DoD) to quit dragging their feet and adopt the world-renowned electronic health record system (EHR) developed and successfully deployed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over the past 35 years. Read More »

Power of Open Source Demonstrated by Successful Response to EHR Vulnerability

Press Release | OSEHRA | November 15, 2013

Open source collaboration has tightened the security of one of the most widely used Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in the world. In July 2013, Georgia Tech graduate student Doug Mackey evaluated the VistA EHR for a term project on computer security. That project uncovered a significant security vulnerability, catalyzed a landmark collaboration between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the open source community, and created a textbook example of how the concept of open source can improve system security.

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Seeking EHR Construction, Not Deconstruction

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | October 31, 2011

Health information technology pioneer Tom Munnecke has been thinking a lot these days about a plan by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department to update the department's VistA electronic health-record system. 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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The DoD's Problem With VistA Could Be Its Solution

David Perera | FierceGovernmentIT | May 6, 2013

Defense Department intransigence on the subject of its electronic health record is well known, as is the collapse earlier this year of an effort to create a joint core system that both it and the Veterans Affairs Department would utilize. Read More »

The OSEHRA Value Proposition

Keith McCall | Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) | July 18, 2013

This post is a follow-up to a presentation made at the OSEHRA lock-down and provides various updates in an attempt to engage dialogue supporting or rebutting various value elements of OSEHRA and the challenges OSEHRA has in becoming a successful organization. Read More »

The Power Of Open Source Collaboration Increases VistA EHR Security

Maureen Markey | Open Source Delivers | December 2, 2013

Who would like to hear a great story about the power of open source?  I had just started working at the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) and the concept of open source was new to me.  I had yet to be convinced of its influence and impact, when this happened… Read More »

VA awards $4.5M contract to regroup VistA code into modules

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | August 17, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $4.5 million contract to Ray Group International LLC, to refactor or reorganize the legacy code of VA’s VistA electronic health record system into modular components. The contract supports VA’s Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) community to modernize VistA for open source and to contribute to the VA-Department of Defense integrated electronic health record (iEHR).

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VA Clinical Scheduling Contest Winners Announced

The VA just announced the three winners of their innovative Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest. The winners are, in first place, Health eTime by MedRed, LLC, in second place, OH Scheduler by Oroville Hospital, and in third place is the HP Open Community Team Submission which was put together by a team of open source developers led by HP. These were judged to be the top three systems out of a total field of 41 entries submitted by June 13th of this year. Read More »

VA Contest Seeks VistA Appointment Scheduling Tools

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | October 16, 2012

The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a competition to modernize the software that helps veterans schedule medical appointments as VA moves its VistA electronic health record to open source applications. Read More »

VA Details Plans to Replace Medical-Scheduling Platform

Brian T, Horowitz | eWeek | January 4, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an initiative to replace the medical-scheduling component of its electronic health record platform and is requesting proposals for how to update and rebuild the application. The Medical Scheduling Package (MSP) is part of the VA's Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) EHR platform. Read More »

VA Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the 'My HealtheVet' PHR System

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of the award-winning My HealtheVet system, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is urging all military veterans and active-duty service members to join the millions of others already using this online Personal Health Record (PHR) system. The VA is marking this milestone by asking everyone to help spread the word about the benefits of using My HealtheVet. The system allows veterans to access a wide variety of VA health care information and services online. Read More »

VA Official: Meaningful-Use Push For VistA EHR Will Benefit Patients

Joseph Conn | | October 25, 2012

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department will lend more than moral support to a federal effort to boost the meaningful use of health information technology by submitting its venerable VistA electronic health-record system for testing and certification for use in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs. Read More »

VA Open Source Group Names Board of Health IT Experts

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | March 7, 2012

The open source organization that the Veterans Affairs Department created to accelerate innovation in its VistA electronic health record software and to support its integrated EHR system with the Defense Department has established a guiding board of IT luminaries. The Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) promotes open, modular architecture that uses non-proprietary standard Read More »