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DoD-VA integration failure is no laughing matter, even to Stewart

Last week, I had a clip from “The Colbert Report” because Dr. Eric Topol appeared on the show to discuss digital health in a lively segment with Stephen Colbert. (I reported on it for InformationWeek Healthcare. The editors told me to have fun, so I did.) This time around, I’m going to give Jon Stewart equal time, not because I feel like having more fun with “fake news,” but because the host of “The Daily Show” had some insightful comments about the failure of the Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration to get their EHRs to interoperate.

Though his job is to make people laugh—and ostensibly to upset conservatives—Stewart has been an outspoken advocate for America’s veterans, and when he heard the Obama administration has created a massive backlog for disabled veterans to receive VA health benefits, he went off. As far as I can tell, he got everything right, too.

April 1, 2013 I Written By

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

‘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.