Group recommends VA use open source model to modernize VistA

This week, an Industry Advisory Council work group recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs modernize its electronic health record system using an open source, open standards model, NextGov reports.

In October 2009, VA CIO Roger Baker asked IAC—a 550-member group of technology groups in the Washington, D.C., area—for input on how to modernize VA's Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture (Brewin, NextGov, 5/6).

In a 100-page report, the IAC panel recommended that VA contract with a federally funded research group on the development of a VistA 2.0 Open Source Ecosystem (Industry Advisory Council release, 5/6).

In addition, the panel recommended that the modernized EHR system be managed by a not-for-profit open source foundation (NextGov, 5/6).