|[August 29, 2014]
Global Collaboration in Open Source EHRs and Mobile Health IT to be Focus at Annual Open Source Summit
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The Open Source (News - Alert) Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), a nonprofit
organization dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health
record software, is hosting its 3rd Annual Open Source EHR Summit next
week. In the last few years, the open source approach to electronic
health records (EHRs), designed to improve care and lower costs while
simultaneously advancing care delivery, has gained incredible momentum
in both the private and public sectors. The Summit will be held
September 3-5, 2014 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference
Center in North Bethesda, MD.
"OSEHRA's goal is to drive rapid innovation in electronic health records
and mobile health IT by working with a strong and growing international
community of software developers, clinicians, and business leaders,"
said Seong K. Mun, PhD, President and CEO of OSEHRA. "This year key
community members from the U.S. Government and industry will be joined
by participants from the United Kingdom, Romania, Jordan, South Korea,
India, and Mexico. Our annual Summit is a chance for these individuals
to come together and determine the course of the growing Open Source EHR
industry and the development of the next generation of EHRs."
The Summit will feature more than 60 eminent panelists and speakers,
including government officials, health care leaders, clinical care
providers and policymakers. The Plenary Keynote session will feature:
Mr. Jim Whitehurst (News - Alert), President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat,
Dr. Doug Fridsma, Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of
Science and Technology in the Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Informtion Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and
Dr. Dan Morhaim, District 11 representative to the Maryland House of
Mr. Stephen W. Warren, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology at
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The conference will also provide an in-depth technical discussion venue.
This year, OSEHRA and the VISTA Expertise Network will collaborate in a
special technical meeting regarding the future of the Veterans Health
Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), the electronic
health record system utilized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
and other healthcare providers worldwide. Future VistA: A Technical
Town Hall will be chaired by Rick Marshall, the Network's Executive
Director. "VistA remains one of the premier electronic health record
systems in the world," said Marshall, "and this session will address a
number of key initiatives that will make it even more effective." The
session will be aimed at experienced VistA developers, and it will be
presented in a town hall format for maximum interaction.
Another major conference topic will be an in-depth discussion of VistA
Evolution, the EHR product road map developed by the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs. VA will present both a set of overview presentations
and host an interactive panel discussion on this key initiative.
"No other healthcare IT venue provides the breadth of coverage on open
source strategy, business models, technology, and architecture available
at this conference," said Mun. "We believe it will be a must-see event
for every stakeholder in the healthcare IT market."
For more information on the conference and OSEHRA, please visit summit.osehra.org
OSEHRA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating
innovation in electronic health record software and related technology.
Founded in 2011, OSEHRA is a rapidly growing open source community with
over 2,400 registered members representing 160+ industry, academic, and
government organizations. OSEHRA supports an open, collaborative
community of users, developers, and researchers engaged in advancing
electronic health record software and related health information
technology. OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' VistA electronic health record.
OSEHRA is a member of global industry associations including the
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Healthcare Information
and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Health Level 7 (HL7), and
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE).
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