OSEHRA’s online collaboration community to leverage DSS’ expertise in its efforts to create a common version of VistA
JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DSS, Inc., a leading provider of software development and support of VistA, announced today it has joined Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA), a not-for-profit organization founded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a federated EHR information system. As a corporate member, DSS plays a significant role in supporting OSEHRA’s code convergence project by collaborating with industry innovators to create a common open source VistA model that can be implemented across the VA, the Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial hospitals.
This project uses crowdsourced knowledge to establish the first standard requirements baseline for VistA. As a result, VistA code will be uniform across disparate enterprises, leading to more experts focusing on the development and improvements of a single system. DSS joined the organization because of its mutual objective to assist in the modernization and broader adoption of VistA.
“We are excited to work with DSS on our code convergence project, as they are at the heart of our mission with more than 20 years of experience in VistA development, implementation and maintenance,” said DaCosta Barrow, chief operating officer of OSEHRA. “As we work to uncover best practices for open source EHR software, DSS’ contributions to our collaborative community will be incredibly valuable, especially given its unique perspective in open source software for commercial settings.”
As one of its largest contributions to the project, DSS plans to donate code from its vxVistA system, an open source EHR for non-VA users, to OSEHRA’s cooperative environment of developers, users, vendors and service providers.
“OSEHRA is a recognized leader in the VistA community, and we fully support its efforts to develop an open source, federated EHR information system rather than one that is segmented between the VA and the DoD,” said Mark Byers, president and CEO of DSS, Inc. “With our core competency in open source EHR development and integration, we’re confident that we can offer proven ideas, code and expertise to the mix that may help in the success of the project.”
OSEHRA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related technology. Founded in 2011, the organization supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing electronic health record software and related health information technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VistA electronic health record.
Document Storage Systems, Inc. (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.
To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration environment Web site, www.vxVistA.org 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 www.dssinc.com.
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