[Dclug] DCLUG: This Wed Dec 16: FOSS for Health Care: Nancy Anthracite on WorldVistA and the upcoming IT revolution in the medical industry
przemek.klosowski at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 21:48:48 EST 2009
The December 2009 meeting of Washington DC Linux user group will take place
Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm.
The computerization of the health care industry is an important area that
has been in the news recently, and Free and Open Source software is bound to
play a major role. Our speaker this month, Nancy Anthracite, has an unique
perspective in this area, so this should be an interesting presentation.
Nancy is President & Chief Medical Officer of WorldVistA, a charitable,
volunteer operated nonprofit organization that distributes the open source
software, WorldVistA EHR, a medical records and hospital management system
developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs that is Open Source. She
will give us an introduction to it and also try to give us a rapid fire
overview of what is going on in the world of electronic medical records now
that there are strong incentives to adopt electronic medical records, a
strong push to make them interoperable and huge amounts of money being
distributed to implement them through the ARRA (American Recovery and
The meeting location is our usual 2025 M street, NW in downtown DC.
There will be signs in front of the building. The location is within 3
nearby Metro stops, both on the red (Dupont, Farragut North) and
blue/orange (Farragut West, Foggy Bottom [a bit of a hike]) lines.
Parking in the area is available for approximately $5; there's even
parking in the building itself. Street parking is free after 6:30pm,
but scarce. There's a parking lot at 23rd St. between M and L that is
not enforced after 7pm (people have successfully parked there for
years---no one we know was ticketed or towed yet, but it could happen).
The meeting dates for 2009 are Nov 18 and Dec 16.
For other details, see our home page
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