WorldVistA EHRTM VOE/ 1.0 Available

January 31, 2008 – WorldVistA announces the release and availability of WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0, the only open source EHR that meets Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 is based on and compatible with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) world renowned EHR, VistA®.

The foundation for WorldVistA EHR was developed as part of the VistA-Office EHR (VOE) project, a collaborative effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The overall goal of the project was to encourage the broader adoption and effective use of EHRs among physicians by making an affordable, robust, proven EHR solution alternative available.

After completion of the VOE project, WorldVistA made additional enhancements and successfully submitted WorldVistA EHR for certification by CCHIT. As a CCHIT Certified product, WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office), interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and security (ability to keep patients’ information safe).

WorldVistA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is furthering the cause of affordable healthcare information technology worldwide by advocating, championing, and employing the open source paradigm to expand the use and collaborative improvement of the VistA electronic health record. WorldVistA seeks to facilitate and enable global adoption of VistA solutions thorough technology transfer, education and training services. WorldVistA manages and supports the open, collaborative, peer reviewed development and enhancement of VistA and WorldVistA EHR. WorldVistA EHR is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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For more information about WorldVistA EHR, or to schedule an interview:

Primary Contact: Joseph Dal Molin, VP Business Development
Tel.: (416) 232-1206
Email: dalmolin@worldvista.org
Contact: Maury Pepper, Chair
Tel.: (314) 540-7815
Email: mpepper@worldvista.org

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*

Details on WorldVistA EHR and download URL:
http://worldvista.org/World_VistA_EHR

WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 and CCHIT certification:
http://cchit.org/choose/ambulatory/2006/WorldVistA-EHR.asp

GNU General Public License:
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt

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Published by

Dr Chris Paton

Dr Chris Paton is the Group Health for Global Health Informatics at the University of Oxford.

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