The not-for-profit WorldVistA organization and Robert Morris University will host a three-day educational conference beginning March 5 at the Sewall Center on the Robert Morris University campus near Pittsburgh, with courses on the use and implementation of the Veterans Health Information System and Technology Architecture, or VistA, the software system available to the public without charge under the Freedom of Information Act and used by hospitals and clinics throughout the Veterans Health Administration.
VistA experts from across the country are scheduled as presenters, including former VA programmer Norman Dodd, who served on a team of programmers working with the Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui based in Honolulu that installed VistA at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center in American Samoa. Dodd also led a Hui-funded effort to configure the VistA software to work on the Linux operating system and the GT.M programming environment. WorldVistA also has been developing under a CMS contract the VistA Office EHR, a version of the VistA system scaled for use in physician offices. Get registration information here.