VA Launches Open Source Health Record

The Department of Veteran Affairs announced the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent has begun operations and will serve as the central governing body of a new open source electronic health record community.

According to the VA, the launch marks an important milestone for the joint efforts of VA and the Department of Defense in creating a single electronic health record system for service members and veterans. Moving to an open source model invites innovation from the public and private sectors and gives momentum to VA’s strategy to ensure that VA clinicians have the best tools possible and that Veterans receive the best health care possible.

“We developed our open source strategy to engage the public and private sectors in the rapid advancement of our EHR software, which is central to the care we deliver to Veterans and servicemembers and to our joint EHR collaboration with the Department of Defense,” said Eric K. Shinseki, secretary of veterans affairs. “With the launch of OSEHRA, we begin the implementation of our strategy and we look forward to the creation of a vibrant open source EHR community.” 

As part of the initiation of OSEHRA operations, VA has contributed its current EHR, known as Veterans Integrated System Technology Architecture to seed the effort. OSEHRA will oversee the community of EHR users, developers, and service providers that will deploy, use and enhance the EHR software.

OSEHRA is building the framework to enable the public sector, private industry, and academia to collaborate in advancing EHR technology. OSEHRA is available to individuals and organizations through the community website.

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