How will EMR manufacturers respond to VistA (i.e. offer lower cost systems, interoperability and better service, etc.)?
We expect that VistA-Office EHR will provide new opportunities to vendors. It is an open, standards based foundation that vendors can use as a focal point for developing value-added enhancements, like scheduling and billing, and services, such as installation, training and support. Note: There are going to be a lot of extra’s$$$$$$. There is no copyright on the software for VistA-Office EHR since it is in the public domain. VistA-Office EHR may require license fees for the M (MUMPS) Technology application environment. Other licenses for certain code sets, such as Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), will also be required. Further, a software vendor will not be able to modify certain parts of the core VistA software and still market it as VistA, although many other value added products can be developed. back to top What percentage of U.S. physician practices currently have EMR or EHR systems? How much do you expect this to increase over the next three to five years? The answer to this