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37th VistA Community Meeting

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  • WorldVistA Community Meeting
When Jun 04, 2019 08:00 AM to
Jun 06, 2019 05:00 PM
Where George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Contact Name
Contact Phone (240) 793-7436 ; 240-246-0123
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Discussing the activities of VistA and WorldVistA EHR
- Discussion Referee -  Joseph Dal Molin Co-Hosted by

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.
Call the hotel directly and ask for the "VistA Community Meeting" rate of $99 per night.  Free Internet & WiFi. Free Continental Breakfast included.   During business hours, if you have problems registering, ask to speak with David Campbell, the event manager.. 

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 - GMU 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 Rappahannock Parking Deck, #41 (in purple) on the map, which is right next to Merten Hall #1on the campus map. The meeting is held at Johnson Center which is  #29 on the campus map, about a 10 minute walk from where you are dropped of.  The fare is $1.75 and requires a SmartTrip, which can be purchased at the Metro stop, card or exact change.

Driving: Should you decide to drive, the Mason Pond Parking Deck  (#40 in orange and purple on the campus map is the most convenient to the meeting.  The meeting is Johnson Center , which is #29 in black on the campus map.    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 Mason Pond Parking Deck always has guest parking. The address of Johnson Center is  Johnson Center, Fairfax, VA 22030 on Google Maps.  Johnson Center is diagonally across the open area with the George Mason statue that has an entrance off of University Drive when you exit the Mason Pond Parking Deck from the far side of where you drove in.  The meeting rooms are on the third floor.  Johnson Center has a food court and the GMU Bookstore in addition to classrooms, etc. 

Hotel Shuttle or CUE Bus to GMU from the Comfort Inn: 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. That is the Gold 2 Cue Bus and information about that route is here: The bus will drop you off on campus at the Rappahannock Parking Deck which is #41 on the campus map.   The Gold CUE bus also stops right next to the Comfort Inn on the Germantown Road between the Inn and the super market which is across the street from Comfort Inn. You will need to walk from there to the Johnson Center, which is about a 10 minute walk.

On Weekdays Only, 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 to go to the GMU campus in the morning. The shuttle bus will usually drop you off where you ask to be dropped off on Campus.

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.

Topic / Link To Presentation                                                                   
KS Bhaskar, President, YottaDB
YottaDB Update
Christopher Edwards , YottaDB
SQL Access to VistA on YottaDB, YottaDB GUIs - Global Directory Editor, and a 15 min presentation of a hardware secret surprise
George Lilly, CIO WorldVistA & Director VEN Importing FHIR delivered Synthetic Patients with DATA2PCE
Jason Hawsey, CPRS VA Team
CPRS Update
Seong Ki Mun, President & CEO, OSEHRA
Roger Baker, Former VA CIO May the odds be ever in your favor
Dylan Hall, Mitre Corp.
The Synthea Project
Patrick Redington, VA Developer
PCE Enhancements & Importing FHIR delivered Synthetic Patients with DATA2PCE
Olivier Bodenreider, Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, NLM RxNorm Update
Joe Snyder, OSEHRA
Synthea: From Creation to VistA,  ViViaN and DOX: New insights into VistA
Joseph Dal Molin, Chairman BOD WorldVistA
Observations from Abroad
Theresa Cullen, Regenstrief
IHS and RPMS Modernization
Anthony Puleo, CPRS Developer VA
Immunization and PCE Dialogs
Chris Richardson, VP WorldVistA
Transfer of patients between VistA instances
Sam Habiel, OSEHRA Technical Fellow
Internationalization of VistA, Using PCE for the Synthetic Patient Project, RxNorm in VistA 
Douglas Martin, U of Utah
Matthew King, Central Regional Hospital
Central Regional Hospital Update
Rick Marshall, VISTA Expertise Network
How to Name Your VistA
Environments & Repositories
  & Taskman Innovations in Jordan
Linda Yaw, VISTA Expertise Network
VAPALS-ELCAP Progress Update
Jean de Dieu Iradukunda, Program Coordinator, CEHTF (Burundi Child Eye Health Tertiary Facility) Pediatric Eye Care in Burundi.
Chris Richardson, VP WorldVistA
Moderate a discussion of adapting VistA to use time zones
Kevin Meldrum, VA developer
Mental Health Update
Patti Abbott, Associate Professor & Director of the Hillman Scholars Innovation Program ; University of Michigan
VistA For Education
Bo Dagnall,Chief Technologist and Strategist, Provider Segment - VA, DHA, DIgital Health FHIR from VistA



Legend: * time constraints




Day 1

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Time Johnson Center Room 325A
Johnson Center Room 326B

GoToMeeting Remote Connection Information for main room:

This meeting will (hopefully) be recorded and headset or dial-in should work for audio.  Please mute your phone if you are not speaking and please remember not to put your phone on hold if it plays music!  If you are presenting and plan to use computer audio, please try to have a headset on hand. Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smart phone.  Linux users, please use Chrome or Chromium to connect.

You can use computer audio.  Please mute yourself if you are not talking and
try to use a headset to avoid echo.  It is best if you have a headset plugged into the 3.5 mm audio port.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 483-826-165

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: https://

If you are having trouble getting in, especially on Linux, use the Chrome

GoToMeeting Remote Connection Information for Auxillary Room (see enhanced instructions to the left):

You can also dial in using your phone.

Access Code  311-498-981

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.

10:00 YottaDB Update - KS Bhaskar
Link to Slides

10:45 Break - Sponsored by YottaDB
IHS and RPMS - Teresa Cullen
Link to Slides

11:45 VAPALS-ELCAP Progress Update.- Linda Yaw
Link to Video
Link to Slides

Lunch - Sponsored by YottaDB  Lunch   

The Synthea Project - Dylan Hall
Link to Video
Link to Slides

14:15 Synthea: From Creation to VistA - Joe Snyder & Sam Habiel
Link to Video

Break - Sponsored by YottaDB Break 

Pediatric Eye Care in Burundi-  Jean de Dieu Iradukunda
Link to Video
Naming your VistA Environments and Repositories, Part I - Rick Marshall 
Link to Slides

VistA for Education - Patricia Abbott
Link to Video

ViViaN and DOX: New insights into VistA - Joe Snyder
Link to Video

Day 2
Wednesday, June 5, 2018


Main Room(see map)
Johnson Center Room 325A
Auxillary Room

Johnson Center Room 325B

Secret Innovative Hardware Revealed - Christopher Edwards 

YottaDB GUIs - Christopher Edwards
Link to Video

OSEHRA Update - Seong Ki Mun
Link to Video
Link to Slides

Break - Sponsored by YottaDB Break

   Observations from Abroad - Joseph Dal Molin
Link to Video

11:15 FHIR From VistA - Bo Dagnall
Link to Video
Link to Slides

Lunch - Sponsored by YottaDB Lunch
FHIR Importing of Synthea Patient with Data2PCE - Patrick Redington and George Lilly
Link to Video  

CPRS Update - Jason Hawsey
Link to Video
Naming your VistA Environments and Repositories (Part 2)) - Rick Marshall
Link to Slides   

Break - Sponsored by YottaDB

15:00  Central Regional Hospital Update - Matthew King
Link to Video 
Mental Health Software Update - Kevin Meldrum

15:45 Vuecentric - Douglas Martin
Link to Video
16:30 May The Odds Be With You - Roger Baker
Link to Audio


Day 3

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Main Room (see map)
Johnson Center Room 325A
Auxillary Room
Johnson Center Room 325B

08:45 SQL Access to YottaDB - Christopher Edwards
09:30 Jordan Update - Feras Kamal  
Link to Video

Break - Sponsored by YottaDB Break

RxNorm Update - Olivier Bodenreider
MASH - MUMPS Advanced Shell - Rick Marshall
RxNorm in VistA and Internationalization of CPRS - Sam Habiel
Link to Slides on Internationalization
Example VistA Project - Dave Whitten

Lunch - Sponsored by YottaDB Lunch
13:00 Taskman Innovations in Jordan - Rick Marshall

Interactive discussion of how to enhance VistA  to handle Time Zones - Led by Chris Richardson
Immunization and PCE Dialogs - Anthony Puleo
14:30 Break - Sponsored by YottaDB
Interactive discussion of how to enhance VistA to transfer patients between VistA Instances - led by
 - Chris Richardson

VPE Updates - David Wicksell