DSS, Inc., a leading provider of software development, integration, project management, implementation and support of VistA and vxVistA, today announced a national contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the use of DSS' Mental Health Suite (MHS) product. Through this agreement, the integrated mental health EHR module will be implemented across all 153 VA Medical Centers.

For more than 10 years, the VA has utilized a sophisticated electronic charting tool to address its administrative and clinical processes - the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) which is integrated with VistA, their enterprise EHR. The DSS Mental Health Suite is designed to help streamline processes to accommodate the distinctive needs of the mental and behavioral health sectors. Such needs include an interdisciplinary approach to monitoring therapeutic benefits and adverse effects of care.

"Our Mental Health Suite is a fully integrated, customized intake and treatment planning system that operates seamlessly with CPRS/VistA, and offers enhanced patient care as well as improved workflow management and efficiencies," said Mark Byers, President and CEO of DSS. "We're extremely pleased with the success of the system thus far within VA Medical Centers nationwide and are dedicated to ensuring its success within the remaining organizations."

More than 50 VA Medical Centers implemented the suite already with successful results, which lead to the VA's decision to install MHS in all VA Medical Centers. The Mental Health Suite contract is for one year with a four-year option contract.

The DSS Mental Health Suite is a module designed to optimize patient care by guiding practitioners across disciplines in treatment planning and intake documentation specific to mental health settings, making records more accessible and narratives more legible. The system provides detailed reporting to support users in meeting their Joint Commission and CARF requirements. It can be used to track patient progress over time, allowing the VA Medical Centers to monitor evidenced-based psychotherapies, interdisciplinary treatment plans and more.

To learn more about the DSS Mental Health Suite, visit

About DSS, Inc.

Document Storage Systems (DSS) develops and supplies integrated enhancements to the Veterans Affairs VistA system and specializes in healthcare IT solutions that improve quality and productivity. The organization also designs applications that are compatible with the Indian Health Services RPMS and the Department of Defense's healthcare systems.

DSS released vxVistA last fall as open source under the Eclipse Public License ( to meet the needs of non-VA users. The company also offers add-on products including behavioral health, clinical decision support, document imaging and revenue cycle solutions. To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment Web site, that acts as a forum for discussion and best practices among open source vxVistA and VistA EHR users internationally. For more information on DSS, Inc., visit



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