Hasta la VistA, baby

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

I think it is laud­able that many within the Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Depart­ment wish to update VistA in an open-source man­ner, but there are new sys­tems in beta right now that are so much more pow­er­ful/flex­i­ble, in­ex­pen­sive and eas­ier to use and sup­port than any­thing be­ing sold to­day (“VistA vet­er­ans mixed on EHR rec­om­men­da­tions,” Health IT Strate­gist, May 13).

I would strongly en­cour­age the VA in par­tic­u­lar to con­sider these sys­tems in or­der to save tax­payer money. The VA could have such a sys­tem in­stalled in far, far less time than it will take them to de­velop their own code.

Ti­mothy Car­mack Chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Lu­cile Packard Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Palo Alto, Calif.

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