Astronaut, LLC has circulated a screenshot of a “high throughput” Astronaut-CPRS screenshot. The screenshot exhibits:
. Two sessions open to allow for multi-chart multi-tasking (interruptions, un-scheduled patients, out of order patients, ‘pauses’ in network, etc.)
. Patient picture.
. Modeless eRX window allowing fast context switch between notes and eRX. Takes advantage of larger displays. Opens automatically on chart open to reduce keyboarding burden.
. Previous/Next chart controls for list iteration.
. Icon showing attachment present such as PDF, etc. Graphic embedding allowed.
“The VA CPRS platform has plenty of life left in it. We’ve pushed the technology further than it has ever been before. With it we’ve seen more patients more efficiently and more accurately than ever before.” says Astronaut, LLC CEO Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS
According to this article physicians have ranked VA-CPRS as #1. Great news. But while it is ranked #1 private-sector companies such as Astronaut (Disclaimer: I own the company) have further developed VA-CPRS and made it much better and even more feature full than what the VA has.
One of the most prolific VistA developers on Earth Astronaut, LLC has just completed its 14th consecutive month of releasing new VistA features that are clinically tested and in production. Details of the latest release are ere.
A VistA commission report can be found here. Its text and conclusion are of the ‘seen it before’ variety multiple times in VistA’s long history. Maybe the bureaucrats will finally succeed this time at murdering VistA after so many past attempts.
I find the report remarkably superficial, contradictory, full of breathtaking and fundamental errors. For example that VistA is ‘monolithic’ which is totally absurd. ‘Monolithic’ while having ‘130 variations’. Which one is it? Monolithic or 130 variations? If it is monolithic then how can it have these variations? A COTS system would have no variation? Is that a good thing? It also indulges in the Interoperability Tooth Fairy/Perpetual Motion Machine (ITFPMM) Will Save Us All fantasy while admitting that it is a legislative problem and not a software one.</p>
Astronaut 12.10 (Glenn) Astronaut VistA Installer Suite (Astronaut) is a easy install package for VistA. More information here.
- Latest MSC Fileman 1043. It is now located in routines directory no longer in patches directory.
- Latest dEWDrop based distribution with VA VistA patches up to early 2011 (thanks to all).
- Latest Enterprise Web Developer with easy to install yum or apt-get install ewd-astro (gets you all the way to a browser session) https encryption installed by default.
- Regression tested and bug fixes so that all the TMG goodies work (tmg-cprs, VistA-config).
The VA has awarded the long-anticipated VistA Open Source custodial agent contract to TIAG. “…The vendor, TIAG, is a management and technology services company, which has performed business process and clinical applications work for the Defense Department…”
Astronaut and TMG have announced that the Astronaut VistA Installer Suite version 1.0 release candidate 2 contains usable growth charts in the TMG-CPRS reports tab for the first time in VistA history.
Open Source Community, below is a letter that you can personalize and post on the public comment website. It is very important that you do this, the policy and the press is on fire and our duty is to educate our policy makers.
2 things you must do to help:
Post your letter here: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480a7c4a8 And fax, email, or cal your representatives.
Dr. Matthew King, Edgeware Technologies and Mr. Djien So have collaborated over the last 3 years to develop a VistA compatible, high quality, multi-featured Practice Management System. The PMS will be released with the Affero v3 GPL open source license.
Full press release after the break. Continue reading
Computerworld has an article that discusses Open Source EMR’s and one persons experience in not choosing VistA due to missing parts.