Dr. Robert Kolodner is not only the outgoing National Coordinator but a card carrying member of the underground railroad. He is a founding father of VA VistA. He intimately understands what VistA is and where it came from and the implications thereof.
His talk is generally about how he plans on extending the VA quality. Some stream of consciousness notes follow (thank goodness that bloggers can do without content editors. No editor I have ever worked with would tolerate this complete lack of transition)
In is view the stimulus act serves as “seed” for health it bird tossers.The idea is that throwing a bird in the direction you want to go does not work very well, instead you have to let them go… and seed where you want them to end up. (Does anyone have a good link explaining this analogy?)
What is “meaningful use”? There will be political pressure for the government to make this as low a bar as possible.
His insight is that Health IT needs an “apache” to enable a health it revolution the same way the “apache” project enabled the web revolution.
That is his implied vision for the connect project. The connect project will be a major FOSS development here at HIMSS09. More on that soon.
For now enjoy the snapshot of Kolodner starting to be swarmed after his talk…