The Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) EHR, more formally known as the VistA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS), is an open source nationwide veterans clinical and business information system of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VistA handles more than 8 million veterans records and supports the clinical, administrative, and financial operations of over 1800 hospitals and clinics of the VHA. Facilities range from small clinics that provide solely outpatient care to large medical centers with significant inpatient populations and their associated specialties, such as surgical care, pain management or dermatology.
The platform focuses on clinically relevant record data that improves patient care by improving clinical and administrative decision-making. The records system supports HL7 standards for HIE (health information exchange) and is used in ambulatory, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. It includes modules for CPOE, laboratory tests, E-prescriptions, patient care diet orders, MRIs and other clinical documentation. As VA health care is free for veterans who qualify for medical services, there is no billing module in VistA EHR.
It is currently available for download on the VA’s website. There are also a number of communities further developing VistA separately from the VA, the most famous one being OSHERA.
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