Thursday, June 12, 2014

VistA and Other 'Open Source' EHR Systems in Kansas & the Great Plains States

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across Kansas and other states across the U.S.  See the map of healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in Kansas and other states in the Great Plains.

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The Great Plains are a broad expanse of flat lands in the U.S. lying west of the Mississippi River and east of the Rocky Mountains. The heart of the Great Plains states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas, as well as parts of Colorado, Montana, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

In the state of Kansas, all of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities are continuing to use the well known, award winning VistA System. VA healthcare facilities using VistA include the following VA hospitals, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes:


• Leavenworth VA Medical Center
• Topeka VA Medical Center
• Chanute VA Clinic
• Emporia VA Clinic
• Ft Scott VA Clinic
• Ft. Dodge VA Clinic
• Garnett VA Clinic
• Hays VA Clinic
• Holton VA Clinic
• Hutchinson VA Clinic
• Johnson County VA Clinic
• Junction City VA Clinic
• Lawrence VA Clinic
• Liberal VA Clinic
• Louisburg-Paola VA Clinic
• Seneca VA Clinic
• Parsons VA Clinic
• Salina VA Clinic
• Wyandotte VA Clinic
• Wichita VA Medical Center (VAMROC)

The following Indian Health Service (IHS) or Native American Tribal healthcare facilities in Kansas are currently using a variant of the VistA system known as RPMS:

• White Cloud IHS Clinic      
• Haskell IHS Clinic
• Hunter Health Urban Clinic
• Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Clinic

The following are other Federal, State, and local government healthcare facilities in Kansas currently using other derivatives of the VistA system, e.g. CHCS, OpenVistA, vxVistA, WorldVistA.

• Fort Riley Army Community Hospital
• 22nd Medical Group - McConnell AFB
• U.S. Army Health Center - Fort Leavenworth

See the map of all healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in Kansas, other states across the U.S., and in other countries around the world. VistA, or one of its derivatives, is one of the most widely used EHR systems in the country.

Other popular 'open source' EHR systems in use across Kansas and the Great Plains include OpenEMR and OpenMRS. It has been estimated that there are more than 5,000 installations of OpenEMR in physician offices and other small healthcare facilities across the U.S. serving more than 30 million patients. Further, conservative estimates by the OpenEMR Organization (OEMR)  indicate that OpenEMR is installed in over 15,000 healthcare facilities around the world, translating into more than 45,000 practitioners using the system serving approximately 90 million patients.  As of 2013, OpenMRS was in use at over 120 facilities in more than 30 countries and had been used to record over 2.5 million patient records around the world. See the map of OpenMRS installations.

Don't forget to read related articles about 'open source', 'open data', 'open access', and 'open standards' in Kansas and other states that have been posted on Open Health News (OHN).

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's Easy! It's Time! Go ahead and install Linux on your old XP PC

I finally started broke down and bought a new laptop to replace my old one at home that still runs Microsoft XP. I started using Windows 8.1 and was not pleased. So many unwanted features that keep disrupting my use of the computer. I guess it will just take time to adjust, but...

As a result, I decided to install Linux Mint on my old XP laptop. I looked on the web and found an article entitled “How to install Linux Mint on your XP PC” published by ZDNet. Great article! I followed the instructions and within an hour had installed Linux on my old PC.

Fantastic, easy to do, and so much more user friendly. Oh! Also at no cost. I avoided this for years. Silly me. I had tried Linux about 6-7 years ago and was not pleased. I went back to my trusty Microsoft XP system. But times have changed. I am really impressed with Linux Mint.

As a result, my new PC running Windows 8.1 has become my backup system and my old PC running Linux Mint has become my primary system. BTW – it came with Firefox, LibreOffice, GIMP, Thunderbird eMail, and many other of the best free and open source software (FOSS) products.

I highly recommend that anyone that has an old PC running XP should install Linux Mint before they think about buying a new PC with Windows 8.1 Share this with your colleagues.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

VistA & 'Open' EHR Systems spread across West Virginia & Appalachia

The installation and use of 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) systems have continued to spread across West Virginia and many other states across the U.S.  See the map of healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in West Virginia and other Appalachian states.


Appalachia is a cultural region in the mountainous states of the eastern U.S. stretching from northern Alabama, though Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, to the southern tip of New York state.  – See Wikipedia.

In the state of West Virginia , all of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities are continuing to use the well known, award winning VistA System. VA healthcare facilities (i.e. hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes) using VistA include the:

• Beckley VA Medical Center
• Sutton/Braxton County VA Clinic
• Charleston VA Clinic
• Clarksburg VA Medical Center
• Franklin VA Clinic
• Greenbrier County VA Clinic
• Huntington VA Medical Center 
• Martinsburg VA Medical Center
• Logan VA Clinic
• Westover/Monongalia County VA Clinic
• Petersburg VA Clinic
• Tucker County VA Clinic
• Williamson VA Clinic
• Wood County VA Clinic

The following are other Federal, State, and local government healthcare facilities in West Virginia currently using other derivatives of the VistA system, e.g. RPMS, CHCS, OpenVistA, vxVistA, WorldVistA.

• Mildred Mitchell-Bateman State Hospital
• John Manchin Sr. Hospital
• William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital
• Lakin State Hospital
• Jackie Withrow Hospital  
• Hopemont Hospital
• Welch Community Hospital
• WV State Veterans Home
• CHNWV Rural Health Clinics
* Community Health Network of West Virginia (CHNWV)

See the map of all healthcare facilities running some variant of the open source VistA electronic health record (EHR) system in Appalachia  and other states across the U.S.  The VistA system, or one of its derivatives, is one of the most widely used EHR systems in the country.

Finally, other popular 'open source' EHR systems in use across West Virginia and other Appalachian states include OpenEMR and OpenMRS. It has been estimated that there are more than 5,000 installations of OpenEMR in physician offices and other small healthcare facilities across the U.S. serving more than 30 million patients. Further, conservative estimates by the OpenEMR Organization(OEMR) indicate that OpenEMR is installed in over 15,000 healthcare facilities around the world, translating into more than 45,000 practitioners using the system serving approximately 90 million patients.  As of 2012, OpenMRS was in use at over 100 facilities in more than 30 countries and had been used to record over 2 million patient records around the world. See map of OpenMRS installations.

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