The Defense Department and Northrop Grumman are providing an open source version of the military’s electronic health record software through a nonprofit organization.
According to a Pentagon May 22 announcement, the software will be available on the Open Source EHRA’s website for free download.
The company will help the Pentagon broaden the products’ availability across the healthcare industry, said Amy Caro, vice president of health information technology programs.
Open AHLTA is similar to the Pentagon’s military theater EHR, which has helped capture and exchange deployed service members’ health data, said Dr. Karen Guice, principal deputy assistant secretary for health affairs.
Guice added that donating the software to the public will allow developers and users to adapt and reuse the system.
The Pentagon said the laptop-oriented software will be available via Apache 2.0 for users to download and use the code.
Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs also released a version of its VistA software for download via OSEHRA.