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VA sparks VistA and OSEHRA innovation efforts

By Patrick Ouellette

- From adding the enhanced Medsphere Systems File Manager (MSC FileMan) database management system to Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) to Veterans Affairs (VA) throwing the down the gauntlet regarding medical scheduling software, Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) has made quite a bit of news this week.

The VA Department of Defense (DoD) have had their ups and downs of late with EHR innovation, as news came out in August that iEHR won’t roll out until 2017 and many were not pleased with this development. One positive development has been OSEHRA, an open source community that revolves around VistA EHR that has sparked EHR and code development. Now, there is more positive direction for VistA and OSEHRA, as yesterday Medsphere’s MSC FileMan will be part of the OSEHRA after the community picked it as part of a FileMan Unification Project at last month’s VistA Expo in Seattle. This selection was based around the enhanced coding that FileMan can offer

“Medsphere’s long history of code convergence and open source development of VistA–the FileMan enhancements we plan to adopt are a perfect example–will have a profound impact on OSEHRA, VistA and health IT more broadly,” Seong K. Mun, PhD, president and CEO of OSEHRA, told MarketWatch.

Additionally, according to govhealthIT, Document Storage Systems (DSS) announced that it has given OSEHRA access its Patient Search Tool and Launcher. This move will allow physicians using VistA EHR to search a patient’s record for free text data that could’ve been lost in the chart. This tool was developed with an Apache 2.0 Open Source license and was part of the Veterans Affairs Innovation Initiative (VAi2) in collaboration with the North Florida/South Georgia VAMC in Gainesville, Fla.

The VA also wants to reduce risk with a new initiative to swap out the current medical scheduling package, which is now 25 years old and can’t keep up with EHR requirements, with one that is a standards-based, scalable model that’s certified to work with the production version of VistA held by OSEHRA.




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