In response to Joseph Conn's "Panel urges VA to commit to open source policy on VistA":
I could not agree more. The Veterans Affairs Department has been hopelessly mired down in well over 300 information technology projects and has not migrated this invention off of 1980s technology.
In fact the VA is precariously dependent upon Alpha 64-bit processors that were invented by DEC. I mean Compaq. I mean Hewlett-Packard Co.
Somewhere in a warehouse in Virginia is a stash of motherboards reserved for swapping out Alpha machines running virtual memory systems that are long past end of life. Furthermore, the VA lacks any coherent communications or messaging architecture, and the billion lines of MUMPS code must resemble the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Calif., with a few stairwells to nowhere.