Group Recommends Upgrading VA Health System Using Open Source

Thursday May 6th 2010 by Developer.com Staff
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Group recommends stabilizing the current VistA system while reengineering the next version based on open source software and models.

The Industry Advisory Council unanimously agreed to recommend that the Veterans Affairs Department reengineer its electronic health record system based on open source.

Nextgov's Bob Brewin has the story.

"Through many hours of debate, compromise, and collaboration, we not only produced a viable set of recommendations, but were unanimous in those recommendations," said Ed Meagher, chair of the IAC VistA Modernization Working Group and a former deputy chief information officer at VA. "That unanimity is a real credit to the cohesiveness of this working group. That we recommended an open source solution is a real 'game changer' from the business as usual approach to systems development," Brewin reported.

If the VA accepts the group's recommendations and pursues an open source strategy, Brewin said, "it could become a model for a national health record network President Obama envisions."

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