14th VistA Community Meeting
Jan 09, 2007 11:20 AM
Jan 11, 2007 11:20 AM
|Where||National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD|
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The goal of VistA Community Meetings is to allow
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. VistA Community Meetings are highly
interactive, hands-on, working meetings. Please come prepared to contribute as well as to learn.
Compared to most meetings, VistA Community Meetings are relatively unstructured. The agenda is always a draft agenda, because the 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 has shifted, so that although there is still a strong technical
focus, there are increasingly discussions on other aspects, including
implementation, support, demonstration, education, training, and
WorldVistA organizational issues (e.g., membership).
come prepared to discuss your interest in and work with VistA. If you
wish to present material, please come prepared with your presentation,
either electronic or a poster. There will be ample opportunities to
present your work to others who are interested.
If you come
with a laptop or PC, you will be able to leave with a free / open
source VistA software stack running on it. This stack is based on
Linux; in the event you want Linux installed on your hard drive, you
will be able to do this at the meeting. If you do not have or wish
Linux installed, please bring your laptop and a 1GB USB flash drive -
you will be able to run a free / open source VistA stack without
touching your machine's hard drive.
To send suggested changes
to this agenda, please e-mail K.S. Bhaskar (bhaskar at bhaskars dot
com). Also, if you have actually implemented VistA in your
organization, please contact K.S. Bhaskar as soon as possible.
The 14th VistA Community Meeting will take place at the conference facilities in Building 101 at:
National Institute of Standards & Technology
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1071
See http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/maps/nistmaps.html for directions.
For those planning to take the shuttle service from the Summerfield Suites, the van will leave the lobby at 8am.
Plenary sessions will take place in the Green auditorium.
Tuesday, January 9
Green auditorium – seats 300; fixed seating
Employee lounge – 20-30 people, tables
Lecture room A – 88 people, fixed
Lecture room B – 88 people, fixed
Lecture room C – 50 people, classroom style
Wednesday, January 10
Lecture room E - 40-50 people, classroom style
Lecture room F - 40-50 people, classroom style
Thursday, January 11
Breakfast is not provided.
Morning and afternoon beverages will be provided outside the Green auditorium.
Lunch will be provided – coupons will be issued and we will eat in the NIST cafeteria. We are requested to eat at 12:45 or later on Tuesday, and 12:30pm or later on other days.
We are requested to abide by NIST rules and not bring food into the meeting rooms except the employee lounge.
Wifi access to the Internet will be available in meeting rooms other than Green auditorium. You will be required to sign a form to use the wireless Internet. Non-standard protocols (e.g., Skype) will not work.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
a plenary session on the first morning of VistA Community Meetings,
attendees introduce themselves and their interests & objectives for
the meeting. Based on the interests and objectives, tracks are
formed. The structure of the meeting is plenary sessions of general
interest interspersed with tracks working in parallel and periodically
reporting back to the complete group.
Likely tracks for this meeting include, but are not limited to:
(there is always a hands-on developer / technology track) – sharing
development and ideas, version control, code management, web access,
Demonstration – including technologies (e.g., live CDs, virtual machine based appliances); managing data (populating, refreshing and aging data to keep it meaningful)
Education – including programs, curricula, certification
- VistA Office EHR – availability, technology, licensing
Standards compliance – CCHIT, CEN 13606, Open EHR, HL7, etc.
- Promotion & public awareness – national, international
|0900 ||Call to order, announcements, meeting objectives, overview|
|0915 ||Bettijoyce Lide
will welcome us to NIST and review of NIST activities in the area of
electronic health records and the Office of the National Coordinator
for Health Information Technology.|
|0945||WorldVistA Summary – news; review of 2006; look ahead to 2007. Presentation by Joseph Dal Molin.|
|1030 ||Refreshment / networking break |
|1100||Introductions; Plan tracks|
Attendees introduce themselves and their interests & objectives for the meeting. Based on the interests and objectives, tracks are formed.
|1245 ||Lunch |
|1330||Fileman – the relational database management system underlying VistA. Greg Woodhouse
will present an overview and tutorial on Fileman, the foundation of
VistA. Although the topic is technical, his focus will be general.
Understanding Fileman conceptually is important to understanding how
|1500 ||Refreshment / networking break |
parallel tracks in the different meeting rooms. Rooms will be assigned
based on the actual tracks and numbers of people interested. Among the
from leaders of parallel tracks at a plenary session. Since attendees
to VistA Community Meetings often have multiple interests, each
parallel track reports on its work to the entire meeting.|
|1730||Break for the day|
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
|0900||VistA Office EHR – Overview. Joseph Dal Molin
will present the VistA Office EHR project, which is currently in Beta
test and scheduled to wind down in January, 2007. He will discuss the
project goals, summarize its history, present plans to release the
software. There will be a Q&A session and a discussion of the
future of this important project.|
|1030 ||Refreshment / networking break |
|1045||WorldVistA Membership – Peter Bodtke & Colin Smith will lead a session WorldVistA membership. What do members of the VistA community want as part of their WorldVistA membership? How can WorldVistA leadership better respond to and communicate with the membership? How can the members help the leaders help the members (e.g., maintain sections of the website)? This is your chance to speak up for what you want.|
| 1100||Parallel tracks in different rooms. Among the tracks:|
|1330||Mike Grambo will present his observations / findings from a visit to an Oklahoma State Veterans Home.|
|1430||VistA Office EHR – Technical. Cameron Schlehuber will lead a session on the technology of VistA Office EHR, covering topics such as:|
|1545||Refreshment / networking break |
|1600 ||Parallel tracks in different meeting rooms. Among the tracks:|
|1700||Report from the leaders of parallel tracks at a plenary session|
|1730||Break for the day |
Thursday, January 11, 2007
session panel discussion – Is VistA a Product or a Process? It has
often been said that VistA is a process, not a product. A
panel of VistA experts – Greg Woodhouse, Dave Whitten, & Norman Dodd moderated by Cameron Schlehuber – will discuss the subject and respond to questions and comments from the audience.|
|1030||Refreshment / networking break|
|1100||Parallel tracks in different meeting rooms. In the technical track:|
|1230 ||Lunch |
|1300 ||Parallel tracks in different meeting rooms:|
|1400||Refreshment / networking break |
|1430 ||Plenary session:|
|1600 ||Break till the next VistA Community Meeting |