I see the press release is out on the VA’s plans for VistA/CPRS and I saw a tantalizing reference to “perhaps open source, framework multiple development teams” as some initial thoughts being put into the project. This is certainly exciting news and sounds like a turn in the right direction. Does anyone know of anyRead… Read more »
Posts By Lorie Obal
I just attended the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 8) and saw an eye-popping presentation on an Open Source dental practice management application that was written by a dentist in Inverness, Scotland as a response to ill treatment he’d received at the hands of a proprietary software vendor. Apparently he’d attended a previous conference inRead… Read more »
A very momentous time for VistA/CPRS in a recent meeting. It is encouraging to see questions such as: Is VistA suitable as a national model? How can VistA be developed for use in the public/private sector? What is an appropriate strategy for modernizing VistA? In addition, “It has been suggested that there may be advantagesRead… Read more »
Nice article advocating adoption of the VHA’s VistA/CPRS system.
The Open Source community has a history of using the FOIA version of the VHA’s VistA/CPRS and making it accessible for use outside the VHA. The open source, Liberty Medical Software Foundation has now started an organization proposing collaboration with the VHA for further development and innovation of the VHA’s system. In this time ofRead… Read more »
I just saw the new on Microsoft’s new “pricing plan” for its “free” online version of office. While working my way through grad school doing consulting for a medium sized business, I see once again the “incompatibility creep” being introduced in the new version of office. Since the company uses Open Office – I wonderRead… Read more »
With all the government spending going on lately, it’s good to see a little sensible belt-tightening. This might be a good one to watch for a case study on cost savings (we assume) in switching to open source.
I just saw that “Medical” is an another open source electronic medical record (EMR) (term sometimes used interchangeably with EHR, depending on functionality) has just won some kudos over at Sourceforge Their stated goal: ” Provide an universal Electronic Medical Record (EMR), so doctors and institutions all over the world, independently of their economic status,Read… Read more »
As the ARRA-driven momentum builds toward EHR adoption by physicians, the issue of certification for these systems still has some issues to resolve. The high cost of certification has been seen as prohibitive for affordable, open source EHRs seeking to compete in this new marketplace. Other potential roadblocks are the ability to modify source code,Read… Read more »
We all know Microsoft has had its share of run-ins with the DOJ as well as the EU over its business practices. It now looks as if Russia has a beef with them as well. One can but ponder why, in light of the current economic tsunami we are all experiencing, should we allow ourselvesRead… Read more »