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OSEHRA's first challenge: VistA version control

By Fred Trotter
October 20, 2011

Veteran Affairs' VistA electronic health record system is famously resistant to being managed by version control. That needs to improve if VistA development is to be run as a meritocracy.

OSEHRA and the future of VA VistA

By Fred Trotter
October 19, 2011

Veterans Affairs is taking the bold step of making governance of the VistA system open source. If you care about healthcare software, the new Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) is worth your involvement.

The software behind the VA health care transformation

By Andy Oram
August 19, 2010

The Veterans Administration's efforts have become health care industry buzz, and its illustrious VistA software often makes the news. In this post, Andy Oram reviews Phillip Longman's VA book "Best Care Anywhere," and examines VistA's influence on software and development.

Wrap-up of the health care IT track at O'Reilly's Open Source convention

By Andy Oram
July 27, 2010

The first health care track to be included in an O'Reilly conference grappled with the task of opening up health care. Two contradictory trends make the field difficult for IT to advance.

VistA scenarios, and other controversies at the Open Source health care track

By Andy Oram
July 23, 2010

The history and accomplishments attributed to VistA, the Veterans Administration's core administrative software, mark it as one of the most impressive software projects in history. Still, lots of smart people in the health care field deprecate VistA and cast doubt that it could ever be widely adopted.

Report from HIMMS Health IT conference: toward interoperability and openness

By Andy Oram
March 4, 2010

The U.S. has a mobile population, bringing their aches and pains to a plethora of institutions and small providers. That's why health care needs interoperability. Furthermore, despite superb medical research, we desperately need to share more information and crunch it in creative new ways. That's why health care needs openness.

Installing Instant Rails on Windows

By Simon St. Laurent
December 22, 2008

Instant Rails is getting old, but it's still a quick way to install Rails and start coding. This screencast shows how to download and install Instant Rails, and shows off how it works with a simple example from Chapter 2 of Learning Rails.

Vista Must Haves? Tablet PC Must Haves?

By C.K. Sample III
August 22, 2008

After all the talk about Vista being a bad platform and people constantly talking about downgrading to XP, I'm wondering if there are any dedicated Vista users out there with some great recommendations for Vista Must Haves.

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