Perot Systems Corp., Plano, Texas, has been awarded a contract to install a version of the Veterans Affairs Department's healthcare information-technology system, VistA, at all 46 hospitals and about 500 healthcare clinics in the Middle East nation of Jordan, according to several sources.
The announcement was made about two weeks ago to members of the VistA Software Alliance at a meeting at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., according to an attendee, Peter Groen, a retired VA IT expert and the former director of the health IT sharing program at the VA. The alliance is a not-for-profit trade association formed to promote adoption of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, or VistA, system outside the VA. Perot is an alliance member.
Groen said that Duncan Pringle, Perots representative at the alliance meeting, got up and said, Weve got the contract, and had the slide show and kind of went through it in detail. When a guy is standing up and saying that to a room full of folks, it was pretty clear.
The work will begin with pilot installations of WorldVistA open-source software at two healthcare facilities, one a cancer center and the other a general hospital of about 500 beds, according to sources.
Matthew King, a physician and chief medical officer of Clinica Adelante, a community health clinic in Surprise, Ariz., testified last week before the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee that a major U.S. systems integrator has just won the contract to provide all of Jordans public health system" with the WorldVistA EHR.
King is a director of WorldVistA, a not-for-profit organization that has developed an open-source version of VistA.
Joe McNamara, spokesman for Perot said, Its premature for us to confirm or deny any of this. We just cant go any more past that.
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