December 1, 2004

VA drives OSS release-health care record systems

David A. Wheeler writes "The Federal Computer Week article

VA drives open-source health records initiative
notes that
"Twenty-year-old software developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs could serve as the low-cost building block of a nationwide electronic health care record (EHR) system President Bush wants officials to deploy within the next decade, according to health management experts.
This open-source software, based on the VA's Veterans Health Information Systems Technology Architecture (Vista), could also become the basis of affordable EHR systems worldwide" The original requires a proprietary language implementation of MUMPS, and runs on Windows; Dr. Stan Saiki Jr. reported on a variation, Hui OpenVista, which "runs on the open-source Linux operating system software, which provides users with a complete, free and sophisticated EHR system.""



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