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 advantages in making VistA available to a broader community that could include both government and nongovernment entities,”
Yes! like collaboration with open source groups such as WorldVistA.org
These are the folks who have done nifty things like removing the pain from full VistA installs with Astronaut VistA, or being able to run the “toaster” version on a flash drive. It looks like there could be great mutual benefit from fully sanctioned collaboration between the VHA and the Open Source community.