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35th VistA Community Meeting

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  • VistA Community Meeting
When Aug 11, 2017 08:00 AM to
Aug 13, 2017 05:00 PM
Where George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
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Contact Phone (240) 793-7436 ; 240-246-0123
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GMU Center for Discovery Science and Health Informatics


College of Health and Human Services

"Connecting the VistA Community"









Hotel Name Address Phone Transportation Notes
Comfort Inn University Center
11180 Fairfax Blvd.
Fairfax, Virginia  22030
(703) 591-5900
Free Shuttle to GMU and Metro.
CUE bus (not free) route also includes GMU campus and Metro.
Ask for "VistA Community Meeting - GMU" rate of $85 per night.  Cutoff is July 27, and the regular rate after that is $169, so please register early!  Free Internet & WiFi. Free Continental Breakfast included.  For now call the hotel and ask for the WorldVistA Meeting rate.  During business hours, if you have problems registering, ask to speak with Tia Major.. 

Travel from the Airports and to George Mason University from the Comfort Inn

From BWI: you can take Marc or Amtrac to Union Station or you can take the Metrobus route B30 express service between Metrorail's Greenbelt Station and BWI Airport.  Once you get to the Metro, you take that to Vienna.  There is more information about that below.  Full fare for a one-way trip on the bus is $7.00. See Metro's B30 Time table and other information here: Brochure and Schedule

From Ronald Regan/Washington National Airport: The Ronald Regan National Airport has a Metro station.  Take the Metro to the Vienna Metro Station at the end of the Orange Line.

From Dulles Airport, take the Silver Line Express Bus to the new Silver Line Weihle-Reston East Metro station.  The fare is $5 (each way).  From there, switch at the East Falls Church Metro Station and  take the orange line to the Vienna Station. The bus schedule is here: .

More information about travel to and from the airports can be found here:

The Vienna Metro Station is on the Orange Line. At the Vienna Metro station there are taxi stands; if no taxi, call 703-883-0199 (Fairfax Yellow Cab-North side of station) or 703-943-4444 (Red Top Cab.)  There is also the Gold 2 Cue bus that stops on the Germantown Road side of the parking lot for Comfort Inn.  The schedule for that is here:  This same bus goes to George Mason University and stops at Shenandoah  River`Parking Deck, #42 on the map, which is about a 1/4 mile walk to the Hub, which is where the meeting is held, along Chesapeake River Lane.  The fare is $1.75.

Use the map to get from there  to meeting which will be held in The Hub (the old Student Union II) , which is #56 on the map.  

Driving: Should you decide to drive, the Shenandoah (formerly Sandy Creek) Parking Deck  (#43 in purple on the maps) is the most convenient to the meeting.  The meeting is on the top floor of the "The Hub" (formerly Student Union II where we met in 2011) , which is #56 in red on the maps.    Parking is $14 a day at any of the garages on campus BUT you may need to have a special permit to be able to use some of those garages.  However, the Shenandoah Parking Deck has guest parking on the lower lever.  The address of The Hub is 10423 Rivianna River Lane,  Fairfax VA 22030 on Google Maps.  The entrance to the Shenandoah Parking Deck is the first driveway on the left off of Sandy Creek Way, which is a short road off of Patriot Circle and it is behind The Hub.  From the garage, cross Sandy Creek Way and follow the footpath over the stream to the back of The Hub.  Take the back entrance into the the bottom floor of The Hub.  Take the elevator or the wide staircase up to the top floor which is the third floor to get to the meeting.  There is an information desk in the lobby of The Hub.  The telephone number for it is 703-993-2859 in case you get lost on the way.

Hotel Shuttle to GMU: If you are going to be staying in the Comfort Inn, you can take the Gold Cue 2 Bus from the North Side of the Vienna Metro Station for $1.75 cash (exact change only) or with a SmartTrip card.  There is shuttle bus service from the hotel to the campus so you could also take the shuttle and then call the hotel for pickup from the campus, (703) 591-5900. Schedule a ride and reserve a seat on the shuttle at the Comfort Inn front desk.  On the weekends, the shuttle does not run so we will have to organize transportation among ourselves to the training meeting (which will likely not be difficult) or take the bus that stops near the Hotel on the Germantown Road between the Hotel and the super market and stops on the campus.  That is the Gold 2 Cue Bus and information about that route is here:
 It stops at the Shenandoah River Parking Deck which is #42 on the campus map and there is about a 1/4 mile walk along Chesapeake River Lane to the Hub building where the meeting is, which is # 56 on the campus map.

About the VistA Community Meeting

The goal of VistA Community Meetings is for those involved in the VistA Community to network & collaborate, i.e., to share ideas and work, with the objective of moving VistA & the VistA community forward. 

Compared to most meetings, VistA Community Meetings are relatively unstructured.  The agenda is always a "living" agenda, because attendees are free to change it – even during the meeting – in order to  better meet their objectives. VistA Community Meetings were originally almost exclusively technical meetings.  Over time, the balance shifted, so that although there are technical presentations, there are more discussions on other aspects, including implementation, support, demonstration, education, training, and community collaboration.

Seong Ki Mun, CEO OSEHRA
OSEHRA Update (*Sunday)
Ravi Shankar, Florida Atlantic University
Platform Independent smart phone apps for patient empowerment: A brief tutorial
Allotey Addo, ACA Health Services Ltd, Ghana
KS Bhaskar, YottaDB
YottaDB Update * Friday
Christopher Edwards, KRM Inc.
VistA running in Docker Containers
Guilherme Del Fiol, U of Utah
Infobuttons from VHA Innovations * Friday 11:15, 13:15, 15:00 or 16:45
Dr. P.J. Maddox, Professor and Chair Department of Health Admin. and Policy, George Mason University
Health Policy Update
Robert Durkin, VA Developer
Over view of his multiple class 2 and class 3 projects
Elizabeth Floto, VA Innovation Specialist, eScreening System Coordinator  
Mental Health eScreening
Marilyn M. Lynn,National Clinical Executive, VHA National Surgery Office
Surgical Risk Calculator *Saturday AM for Denver
Brian Stevenson, Acting Grassroots Portfolio Leader, Team 3 Project Leader, VHA  Innovation Program
Pseudovet - A new innovations project to provide realistic synthetic patient data
Joseph Snyder, OSEHRA
Vivian and "Unfulfilled Requirements"



Day 1 Friday, August 11, 2017

Time Ballroom, Top Floor, The Hub
(Former Student Union II)
Room 4 & 5, Top Floor, The Hub
Room 1 & 2 Top Floor, The Hub
08:00 Introductions - Who, Why & Success

Since networking and collaboration are the most
important goals of VistA Community Meetings, an important activity at VistA Community Meetings
s for all attendees to introduce themselves. 
Each of us will take a maximum of 60 seconds
to tell the group.  This is also an opportunity
to ask for a session to be added that would
help meet your needs:
  • Who I am and what organization(s) I am associated with.
  • What my interest in VistA is.
  • What would make the meeting a success for me.



10:15 Break -  Sponsored By YottaDB


12:00 Lunch - Sponsored by YottaDB


Break - Sponsored by YottaDB



Day 2 Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ballroom, Top Floor, The Hub
(Former Student Union II)
. Room 4 &5 - The Hub



Break - Sponsored by




Lunch - Sponsored by



Break Break



Day 3 Sunday, August 13, 2017

Time Ballroom, Top Floor, The Hub
(Former Student Union II)
Room 4 & 5 - The Hub


09:30 Break




Lunch - Sponsored by







Legend: * time constraints