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34th VistA Community Meeting

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When Mar 20, 2017 08:00 AM to
Mar 22, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Regenstrief Institute 1101 West Tenth Street Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Contact Phone (240) 793-7436 ; 240-246-0123
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Hotel Name Address Phone Transportation Notes

Indianapolis Dwtn Medical Dist

1152 N. White River Pkwy. W. Drive,
Indianapolis, Indiana
United States   46222
See transportation from the airport below for information for getting to the hotel from the airport.

From the hotel to Regenstrief, there is a shuttlebus that leaves on the hour that will take you to Regenstrief for $5.  Taxi is an estimated $5 for the trip.  Parking is free of charge at the hotel.  There is public parking near Regenstrief but we don't yet know the cost of that parking.
This hotel is a converted apartment complex with large rooms with kitchenettes and a separate bedroom with a king sized bed.  It is located 0.7 miles from Regenstrief and there are sidewalks for walking to Regenstrief.  Book by calling the hotel directly at 1-317-536-7700 or using the link below.  The rate is $101 plus tax.  If you stay for the GT.M training, there appears to be a discount on that rate for an extended stay.  There is a fold out bed in the sitting area of each of the rooms.  There is complementary WiFi.  There are photos of the rooms at the registration link.  Here is the link to register, or you can call for a reservation.

There are a limited number of two bedroom suites available for the standard rate.  Check online to see if you can beat the rate before booking directly.  I found the hotel staff had rules they had to follow when they give you rates and they may be lower online.

Regenstrief:   We will be meeting at their new building at 1101 West Tenth Street, Indianapolis IN 46202. 

Travel from the Airport to Regentstrief and the Candlewood Suites Hotel and the downtown hotels:

Bus Service from the Airport to downtown hotels:
  From the baggage claim on lower level of terminal, walk outdoors to the Ground Transportation Center. From the upper level of the terminal, pass check-in counters and access Ground Transportation via the enclosed walkway.   Route 8 travels along Washington Street from the Airport to downtown, an approximately 45 minute travel time.  Once  downtown, Route 8 traverses Ohio Street for easy transfers with any other downtown route in the system and is within a 15 minute walk of most downtown hotels.  The fare is $1.75 and $.85 for those 65 and older.  There is a map on this web site showing where each downtown hotel is relative to the bus lines.   If you take this bus, you will probably want to take a taxi from the bus stop to the Candlewood hotel for a charge of about $8.

Taxi:  Yellow/Checker Cab Co. - Approximate cost is $35 each way for airport transportation to Downtown hotels.  Candlewood Suites is not directly in the downtown area so the charge may vary from $35.

Hotel Shuttle:  Book online in advance for an airport shuttle service to the some of the hotels for $10 in the downtown area.  You can take the bus to one of these hotels and the taxi service to the Candlewood Suites from there should be about $8.  Candlewood Suites

Driving:  Candlewood Suites does not charge for parking.  It appears that parking at the downtown hotels is usually $14 a day.

Travel from the hotels to Regenstrief:

From Candlewood Suites.  There is a shuttlebus that holds about 10 people that leaves on the hour that will take you to Regenstrief for $5.  Taxi is an estimated $5 for the trip.  Parking is free of charge at the hotel.  There is public parking near Regenstrief but we don't yet know the cost of that parking.

From downtown hotels - There are several taxi services that have agreed to a $5 fare anywhere downtown.  A map of that area appears to include Regenstrief.  There is a pdf with a list of taxi companies that honor that fare as well and a map of the area included.  I called one taxi company that estimated the fare from Candlewood Suites would be an additional $8 in this same area.  Here is the link.  The #10 bus from the area of the downtown hotels goes to Regenstrief.  It runs every 20 minutes and the fare is $1.75.  The schedule and map of the route can be found here.

Taxi Service - $5 regional fare within downtown. The regional center for taxis contains the area lying east of the White River, South of 12th Street, west of I‐65, and north of I‐70.

#10 bus:  The number 10 bus from IndyGo goes to Regenstrief and is accessible by a short walk from most downtown hotels.  The fare is $1.75.  It runs every 20 minutes.  The link for the bus route map and timetable is

Walking: It is about 1.25 mile from the downtown hotels to the new Regenstrief building walking.

Guest Parking at Regenstrief:  May not be available but there is public parking available across the street by the hospitals.  We don't know the charge for that parking at this time.

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.

Rob Silverman, PharmD, Program Manager, PBM Clinical Informatics, VA The real world experience of standardization of immunizations - Monday Afternoon
Chris Rhodes, Director, Open Source Management (OSM) &
Strategic Investment Management (SIM)
VA Open Source Update
Roger Baker, BOD OSEHRA  and Former CIO, Department of Veterans Affairs
Jason Hawsey, CPRS Developer, Department of Veterans Affairs CPRS Update
Seong Ki Mun, PhD, President & CEO, OSEHRA OSEHRA Update * Tuesday AM or PM or Wednesday in the AM
Richard D Boyce, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Faculty, Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing Faculty, Geriatric Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Gero-Informatics Research and Training Program, University of Pittsburgh Update on Open Source Drug Interactions Databases & Comparison of and Requirements for Open Source Drug Interaction Databases
Ignacio Valdes, Astronaut
KS Bhaskar, FIS, Development Manager
GT.M Update
Don Lees, PPS/NDF National Manager, Veterans Affairs
National Drug File * Tentatiive
Robert Longo, Enterprise Program Management Office - Project Manager
Pharmacy Update for the VA *Monday 10:30AN to Noon or Tuesday 10:30AM-1PM
Olivier Bodenreider, Chief, Cognitive Science Branch, National Library of Medicine RxNorm Update between 2-4 PM Monday
Stephen Oxley, MD,  CMO, Central Regional Hospital Would We Choose VistA Again?
Patricia Abbott, Director, Hillman Scholars in Nursing Innovation,Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
VistA for Education
Steve Rushing, Senior Strategic Advisor for HIT, Georgia Tech
Digital Health Platform   * 9 AM Wednesday
Jeffrey Harris - DSS
Maternity Tracker
Mary Watson - DSS
Maternity Tracker
Michael Suralik - Project Manager - HLN
ICE Immunization Forecasting * not Tuesday 11-12
Theresa Cullen

Dr Shatha Al-Sourani, Clinical Product Development Manager, EHS, Jordan
EHS Hakeem (VistA)  in Jordan and Pharmacy GUI for VistA. * Tuesday
Joe Snyder, Manager, Certification and Testing, OSEHRA
Vivian  *Not  Monday 4:00-4:30pm,  Tuesday 10:00-11:00am or 1:00-2:00pm or   * Wednesday 10:00-11:00am
Patrick Redington, Reminders Developer, Department of Veterans Affairs
Enhancements of Data to PCE
George Lilly
Unit Testing of Data to PCE, A look inside eHMP, OpenEM &, CCDA Extractor, #See graph database ,query language an agile file server
Jim Bell
Registration GUI with enhancements for use of Templates
Joel Ivey
Enhancements to RPC Broker Security
Arthur Wallace, Chief of Anesthesia, Department of Veterans Affairs
Pre-procedural Checklist Tool - a Github VHAINNOVATIONS project
Neil Evans,  Chief Officer, Connected Care, Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Connected Care
Andrew R. Kelleher, Ph.D., M.S., Presidential Management Fellow (PMF-STEM), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Connected Care
Veterans application for scheduling their own appointments Monday and Tuesday AM
Robert Durkin, Developer, Dept of Veterans Affairs
After Visit Summary (AVS) - from VHAINNOVATIONS
Douglas Martin, Regenstrief
CareWeb Framework:  An Update and  VistA Support for FHIR
 Ayman Ghaith, EHS Jordan
Sean Cassidy who is the Program Manager/Architect COMS/Chemotherapy Ordering Management System  The Chemotherapy Ordering Management System (COMS) - VHA Innovation
Mike Barlow, Senior Developer for the COMS/Chemotherapy Ordering Management System The Chemotherapy Ordering Management System (COMS) - VHA Innovation
Suranga Kasthurirathne, OpenMRS Software Engineer


Day 1 Monday, March 20, 2017

Time LOCATION Main Lobby Conference Room
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Dr. Douglas Martin - Welcome and Introduction to Regenstrief

08:10 Introductions - Who, Why & Success

Since networking and collaboration are the most important goals of VistA Community Meetings, an important activity at VistA Community Meetings is 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.

Would We Choose VistA Again? - Stephen Oxley 

9:45 Vivian - Joe Snyder

Data to PCE - Patrick Redington and George Lilly

11:30 VA Veteran Self-Scheduling - Andrew Kelleher

12:15 Lunch
13:00 Immunization Update - Rob Silverman; National Drug File - Don Lees

Richard Boyce - open source drug databases

15:00 Break
 French Drug Interactions - Nancy Van Ness  and George Lilly

Olivier Bodenreider - RxNorm Update



Day 2 Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LOCATION Main Lobby Conference Room

Roger Baker

GT.M Update - KS Bhaskar

VistA In Jordan - Shatha Al-Sourani


VistA for Education - Patti Abbott
 Tools for Modern VistA Development - Sam Habiel    

VA Pharmacy Update - Robert Longo


Pre-Procedure Check List Tool  - Arthur Wallace Inside eHMP - George Lilly
Seoung Ki Mun - OSEHRA update
Pharmacy Workgroup - Sam Habiel


14:45 Outpatient Pharmacy GUI - Shatha Al-Sourani, ADT GUI - Ayman Ghaith

 VistA in Jordan - Terry Cullen 


Admission GUI - Jim Bell

Day 3 Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time LOCATION - Main Lobby Conference Room

After Visit Summary - Robert Durkin

09:00 FHIR Enabled VistA - Doug Martin Running GT.M on non-supported Platforms - MV1 distribution - Sam Habiel

Veterans Connected Care - Neil Evans HealtheMe/LEAF - Christopher Edwards


Open Source Intake Program Update - Chris Rhodes CPRS Update - Jason Hawsey
Time and Money - Ignacio Valdes OSEHRA Code Certification - Joe Snyder
12:15 Lunch  Lunch
13:00 Maternity Tracker - Jeffrey Harris and Mary Watson
Docker & VistA - Christopher Edwards


Immunization Forecasting - Mike Suralik and George Lilly 



Digital Health Platform - Steve Rushing Inside OpenEMR, OpenMRS, CareWeb including FHIR- George Lilly, Suranga Kasthurirathne & Doug Martin

The Chemotherapy Ordering Management System (COMS) - VHA Innovation - Sean Cassidy and Mike Barlow
GraphStore and HashTag Search Technology - George Lilly

 EWD Update - Rob Tweed

Enhancements to RPCBroker Security (or the Open Source RPCBroker) - Joel Ivey