The CMS extended the delay in releasing an electronic medical records system developed by the Veterans Affairs Department until the end of 2006, saying the software is not ready for mass production. Release of the system for physician offices -- known as Vista -- was originally scheduled for July before being delayed until August. Officials intend the free software to boost use of EMRs at physician offices, particularly small practices, of which less than 13% use EMRs. Instead of a full public release, the software will be shipped to about 10 trial sites for beta testing under the CMS' control, the agency said. The announcement was made during a weekly conference call hosted by WorldVistA, a not-for-profit organization focused on promoting private-sector use of Vista. -- by Joseph Conn
CMS delays release of VA software through 2006
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