Biography

Fred Trotter is a healthcare data journalist and author. He is a founder of CareSet Systems and The DocGraph Journal, a technical blogger for O’Reilly Radar, and co-author of the first Health IT O’Reilly book Hacking Healthcare. CareSet’s Patch creates a comprehensive map of the healthcare system, by showing how healthcare providers collaborate to deliver healthcare. The … Continue reading Biography

MOSS Misys Open Source Solutions

MOSS (Misys Open Source Solutions) has come into it’s own as a force both within FOSS and within it’s chosen domain of interoperability. MOSS is led by Tim Elwell and Alesha Adamson, they could often be found at the interoperability showcase where they performed as one of the few PIX/PDQ services. At this conference especially … Continue reading MOSS Misys Open Source Solutions

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 of respect in the VistA community for technical competence and they have been slowly building … Continue reading DSS frees vxVistA, changes the VistA game

What does it mean to have a hospital EHR?

People talk about EHR, and EMR as though these things always mean the same things. Generally what qualifies as an EHR varies greatly. When you say the word “car” do you include trucks? trucks with 18 wheels? tanks? airplanes when they are on the ground? boats with wheels? The frustrating thing about both the word … Continue reading What does it mean to have a hospital EHR?

HIMSS a lobby for proprietary Health IT vendors

Today, I recieved a letter in my mailbox regarding HIMSS take on the recent legislation proposed by Stark. HIMSS Stephen Lieber and Charles E. Christian, president and chairman of HIMSS respectively, write:  However, HIMSS believes the legislation has negative consequences, including discounting the current efforts of “AHIC 2.0” and the development of an open source … Continue reading HIMSS a lobby for proprietary Health IT vendors

Why is VistA good? the VistA open source development model

Recently, VA VistA has been getting a tremendous amount of attention. Lets take a look at the recent events that highlight what VistA is and why it is important. Mexico decides to implement VistA in many of its state run hospitals. Medsphere gambles investment dollars on the idea that VistA can be used in private … Continue reading Why is VistA good? the VistA open source development model