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‘Holy Grail’ in open source?

Open-source devotee Fred Trotter reports today that ClearHealth apparently has reached what he calls the “Holy Grail of open-source medical informatics”: a Web-based version of CPRS, the user interface for the Veterans Health Administration’s vaunted VistA system.

ClearHealth today has posted screen shots of the beta version of what it calls WebVista. I’m not a techie, I’m not well-versed in open source. Is this is a big deal? Someone please tell me.

Also, someone please tell ClearHealth that there has not been a “Veterans Administration” since 1989. It’s called the Department of Veterans Affairs.

August 7, 2008 I Written By

I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.

Scott Wallace resurfaces

I learned a few weeks ago, almost by accident, that former National Alliance for Health Information Technology CEO Scott Wallace had moved on to the University of Virginia‘s Darden Graduate School of Business as a Batten Fellow. Wallace co-authored a July 3 column in the Financial Times on value-based healthcare purchasing. (He collaborated with Darden professor Elizabeth Teisberg and Michael Porter of Harvard Business School.)

Today, NAHIT, which is going through a reorganization—its Web site is just a place-holder right now—decided to publicize Wallace’s fellowship with a press release. That suggests Wallace left on good terms and likely will stay involved in the promotion of health IT.

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I'm a freelance healthcare journalist, specializing in health IT, mobile health, healthcare quality, hospital/physician practice management and healthcare finance.