Tiag, a Reston, Va.-based management and information technology consulting contractor to the Defense Department and other government organizations, has been named by the Veterans Affairs Department to oversee a proposed open-source software development program for the VA's VistA electronic health-record system, according to a leader in the VistA community.
Frederick D.S. “Rick” Marshall, who heads the VistA Expertise Network, which provides consulting and educational services for VistA, said prime contractors that bid to become the “custodial agent” of the open-source project were notified late Friday of the VA's award to Tiag. Marshall, a co-founder in 2002 of WorldVistA, a not-for-profit organization promoting the global use of VistA outside the VA, declined to comment further on the implications of the contract.
Tiag, according to its website, has worked as a management consultant with the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Army Medical Command, which operates eight Army medical centers, 26 Army community hospitals and a number of clinics. The company “provided clinical and functional informatics professionals who assisted in the development and re-engineering of the first Office of the Chief Medical Information Officer,” helping rebuild the trust of military physicians who had lost confidence in the Military Health System's electronic health-record system.
Tiag also assisted the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in converting its Coal Workers' X-ray Surveillance Program from film to digital images, according to the website.
Company officials were not immediately available for comment.