Unethical Blue Button Contest

This contest is deeply problematic. The blue button initiative was a good initiative because it allowed greater access. It made that possible by ensuring that access to patient data did not have to wait for the VA/DOD/Whatever to create a … Continued

Contract to create VistA shepherd goes to newbie

I just learned, (from a modern healthcare article, of course) that the contract has been awarded to Tiag. At first blush, this news was not concerning. I am only peripherally involved in the VistA community, and there are lots of … Continued

Medsphere OpenVistA meaningful use certified

I am happy to mention that Medsphere has received certification for their OpenVistA EHR system. As far as I know, this is the only meaningful use certification for Open Source software, for the in-patient setting. All of the other certifications … Continued

Health of the Source at OSCON

Hi, OSCON has just published my health of the source talk from OSCON 2010! My slides got a little mixed up, so my delivery is a little scattered, but I hit all of the points I wanted to, just in … Continued

VistA License debate: its about proprietarization

It looks like WorldVistA is, for now, holding fast to the GPL and AGPL for VistA licensing. I have been a vocal advocate for compromising with DSS and Open Health Tools around the LGPL. The LGPL would allow for some … Continued

VistA moratorium

Lots of people have been asking for copies of the VistA moratorium, and rather than email it to ten people, I thought I should make my copy available in public. Obviously this is bad news if your job was to … Continued

NCVHS Testimony on Meaningful Use

(Update 08-13-09 I have already presented this to NCVHS) Introduction I represent a community of health software developers and clinical users that respect software freedom. This community operates in the legacy of the VA VistA underground railroad. There are several … Continued

DSS frees vxVistA, changes the VistA game

According this press release on LinuxMedNews   DSS will be releasing vxVistA under the EPL in association with the Open Health Tools group. This is huge news. DSS has been a proprietary VistA company for years. They have a tremendous amount … Continued