Information technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in the United States by increasing quality of care and reducing costs, and the Federal government has made good progress laying the foundation for widespread adoption of electronic health records, according to a report released today by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a group of presidentially appointed experts from academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry.
“In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives, it’s how we make a living,” he said. “Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet. That’s what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS.”
It appears the federal government is opening up bids to build a framework for open source solutions in future VistA development.
the Scope of Work from the SOW appears below
The two Open Source SMEs shall identify governance areas and provide strategic, industry focused insights for developing an Open Source governance Request for Information (RFI). Technical assistance, market research and requirements/objectives definition shall be required for the development of the RFI and acquisition documentation necessary to then issue a Custodial Framework Request for Proposal (RFP) in a subsequent procurement action. The Open Source SMEs shall provide insight on the operational relationship between VA and a proposed independent foundation that would govern an Open Source version of VistA. The federal and software acquisition SME shall work with the Open Source SMEs to contribute to defining VA’s acquisition strategy and development of acquisition documentation for the Open Source initiative.