Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS), the leading provider of software
development and support for VistA and vxVistA, today announced its
subcontract award to support the Department of Defense (DoD) and
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Integrated Electronic Health Record
(iEHR) project. Led by prime contractor Systems
Made Simple (SMS), DSS will help integrate disparate DoD and VA data
onto a single architecture system, helping to standardize critical
patient and financial information between the two departments for full
interoperability and enhanced functionality.
Developed by the Interagency
Program Office (IPO), the project entails creating one common
electronic health record (EHR) platform leveraging the open source VistA
system, the VA's current EHR. DSS will facilitate this process by
integrating legacy information from th VistA framework into the iEHR,
as well as gather and analyze VA workflow and business rules to ensure
all components are aligned, interoperable and fully operational. The
iEHR initiative is contingent on multiple successful, sequential legacy
transitions, for which DSS will also play a pivotal role to ensure
current legacy systems are operational while each phase of the iEHR
transition is completed.
"With our long-standing history and expertise with VistA, DSS is
well-positioned to support a successful iEHR implementation," said Mark
Byers, CEO and president of DSS. "With one collaborative system, the DoD
and VA will not only improve overall patient safety and care for
veterans and active military, but will also serve as one of the largest
EHR and HIE models for private healthcare organizations."
Under the Joint Strategic Plan (JSP), the IPO was established to
accelerate the exchange of healthcare information between the DoD and
VA, acting as the point of accountability in the development of a single
system with full interoperability.
DSS was awarded the subcontract through the CIO-SP3 contracting vehicle,
collaborating with Service-Disabled Small Business prime contractor SMS,
a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical
architecture, data and application challenges in the healthcare
industry, and other vendors to complete the DoD and VA IPO iEHR
About DSS, Inc.
For more than 20 years, Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS) has worked
extensively with VistA/CPRS and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
to modernize the legacy system's performance and improve efficiencies
for clinical and administrative users. In 2009, DSS released vxVistA, an
open source EHR, to meet the needs of hospitals, clinics, long term care
facilities and physician practices, as well as state and local
governments. DSS also offers add-on products including behavioral
health, clinical decision support, dental electronic records, document
imaging and revenue cycle solutions.
To foster the adoption of open source in healthcare organizations, DSS
is a founder and supporter of a community-driven, collaboration
environment website called www.vxVistA.org.
This online community acts as a forum for discussion and best practices
among worldwide vxVistA and VistA EHR users including clinical and
administrative staff, new adopters, C-suite executives and developers.
DSS is a supporter and an active member of the Open Source Electronic
Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) organization. For more information on DSS,
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