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OSEHRA putting together response to DoD MEDICS RFI

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Although the Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department are no longer working together to create a single integrated electronic health record system, the VA's open source EHR custodial agent nevertheless plans to submit a response to DoD's Feb. 8 request for information for a new Medical Electronic DoD Integrated Core System.

On Feb. 27, the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent intends to submit to DoD its response to the RFI. In the meantime, OSEHRA has a draft document posted online for which the organization is seeking public comments and additions.

Earlier this month, the VA and DoD made the decision not to jointly develop a single integrated EHR system but to instead focus on "integrating VA and DoD health data as quickly as possible" and "interoperability and using existing solutions." Just days later, DoD released its RFI for MEDICS.

In a Feb. 22 blog posting, Mike O'Neill, OSEHRA board member and senior advisor to the director of the VA's Innovation Initiative, states that VA is "obviously not a vendor and wouldn't prepare or submit a traditional proposal-based RFI response," emphasizing that OSEHRA's "paper is not meant to replace or duplicate any other responses."

However, O'Neill goes on to say that "we sincerely hope that there will be an OSEHRA response that discusses the benefit of an open source EHR supported by an active open source community and multiple vendor responses that describe proposals for deployment of a [Veterans Integrated System Technology Architecture]-based [EHR system]."

Originally, the VA contributed VistA, its current EHR, to seed the joint effort with DoD for the iEHR system, while positioning OSEHRA to oversee the community of EHR users, developers, and service providers that were to deploy, use, and enhance the EHR software.

In its RFI, DoD says it is "seeking to acquire an open, modular EHRS utilizing standards-based/non-proprietary interfaces" that will replace DoD's legacy EHR systems, such as the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application , Composite Health Care System, and Inpatient System Essentris, with a third generation  or better EHRS for clinical and business applications.

For more:
-read OSEHRA draft response to DoD RFI

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