VistA Community News

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Growing numbers of community hospitals opting for 'open source' VistA EHR system

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | May 24, 2012

There’s no shortage of discrete EHR packages for providers to choose from as they look to digitize their records. But for some providers the solution may lie in programs that have essentially piggybacked on the technology used in one of the largest EHR systems in the world.

For example, Oklahoma-based Stiwell Memorial Hospital recently tapped Medsphere Systems Corporation’s OpenVista EHR system, which is an open source derivative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair’s massive VistA program. Read More »

GTI Implements VistA System at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences

The prestigious government of India hospital, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre (JPNATC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi is one of GTI Infotel’s clients that has contracted with them to implement and maintain the VistA electronic health record (EHR) system. GTI is also under contract by JPNATC to upgrade VistA and has added several other software modules and services for the hospital, such as a web-based interface, a CRM module, and an off-site Call Center. Read More »

Guadalupe County Hospital in New Mexico goes live on Medsphere's OpenVista

Press Release | Medsphere | July 10, 2012

Guadalupe County Hospital today announced [it] has gone live on Medsphere’s OpenVista® electronic health record (EHR). Medsphere’s open-source EHR solution makes it feasible for  this 10-bed Santa Rosa, N.M., hospital—one of the smallest acute-care facilities in the country not designated critical access—to affordably improve patient care and attest  for federal Meaningful Use funds. Read More »

Guadalupe County Hospital Selects Phoenix Health System’s Total IT Solution and Medsphere’s OpenVista

Press Release | Medsphere, Guadalupe County Hospital, Phoenix Health Systems | May 27, 2010

Phoenix IT outsourcing combined with Medsphere’s open-source EHR solution will help 10-bed New Mexico hospital improve patient care and safety, control costs, qualify for federal stimulus funds Read More »

Guest Commentary: Tom Munnecke on VistA Lessons Learned

Tom Munnecke | FierceGovernmentIT | September 17, 2010

I fear that many of the lessons learned from the development of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture aren't sufficiently counted in planning tomorrow's VistA.

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Hakeem Program

Hakeem is the first national e-Health initiative in Jordan. The program aims to facilitate and improve the healthcare services, by providing real time and up to date electronic medical information throughout the nation's public hospitals and clinics. Hakeem is being implemented based on the U.S. Read More »

Homeland Security & VistA 'Open' EHR Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to purchase a commercial electronic health record (EHR) system to support medical care and public health services for detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The system will be deployed at 22 locations across the country. Read More »

House bill pushes Telehealth expansion for veterans

Eric Wicklund | Government Health IT | November 19, 2013

A new bill [The 21st Century Care for Military & Veterans Act] sponsored by Reps. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and Scott Peters (D-Calif.) hopes to encourage the use of telehealth for veterans by expanding current telehealth reimbursement policies. Read More »

Indian Health Service (IHS) Plans to Modernize EHR

Jennifer Bresnick | EHR Intelligence | June 13, 2013

The Indian Health Service (IHS), the federal agency in charge of providing healthcare to more than two million Native Americans and Alaskan Natives, is currently in the process of upgrading its Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) to increase interoperability and streamline EHR adoption by 2014, promote health information exchang Read More »

Indian Hospital Adopts the Cloud to Increase Its Reach

John Ribeiro | PC World | September 1, 2010

Max Healthcare, a large hospital chain in India, said on Wednesday that it has moved its Health Information System (HIS) to a private cloud-computing system, making it easier to treat and follow up with patients from any of its locations across the country...The rollout, starting January, will be around the open source VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture) EHR system. 

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Iraq Providers to Test Open-Source VistA EHR

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | August 24, 2010

A Defense Department media contractor is reporting that three Iraqi government healthcare organizations will test at a Baghdad military hospital an open-source version of the VistA electronic health-record system developed and used by the Veterans Affairs Department.

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Jordan Picks Perot Systems to Implement VistA

Perot Systems | PRO Health Service | April 8, 2008

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has selected Perot Systems to manage the pilot deployment of VistA - an open source clinical and healthcare information management system - at two hospitals and a clinic in the capital, Amman. Read More »

Keeping Track of Washington State & Many Others Embracing the VistA 'Open Source' EHR System

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across Washington and many other states.  See the map of healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in Washington and other neighboring states in the Northwest. [Also, learn more about the upcoming Open Health News (OHN) detailed report on VistA installations and users. across the U.S. and around the world. Consider sponsoring OHN and the upcoming report.] Read More »

Lessons Learned from Implementations of 'Open' EHR Systems

The following are some of the key 'lessons learned' from various case studies about the acquisition and implementation of VistA and other 'open source' Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in hospitals and clinics across the U.S. and around the world.  These lessons can be applied to almost any major EHR acquisition and implementation projects, whether it be in the public or private sector.

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Live Medsphere OpenVistA Webinars

Press Release | Medsphere | April 23, 2011

Interactive EHR Presentations

Medsphere hosts regular one-hour interactive Webinars on a variety of topics related to our OpenVista electronic health record solution. These live, interactive presentations are designed to help administrative, clinical and IT professionals understand how our open-source EHR system helps healthcare providers: Read More »