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20th VistA Community Meeting

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When Jan 14, 2010 03:30 AM to
Jan 17, 2010 08:30 AM
Where Tempe, Arizona
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Contact Phone 1.416.232.1206
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"The place to connect with people if you are serious about VistA"


About the 20th 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.  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 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 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).

Please 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.

Living Agenda

The meeting's living agenda is evolving and will continue to evolve till the end of the meeting. The following is the current tentative list of speakers. To obtain a copy of the latest agenda please download a copy from here: Download Agenda .ODS Format or Download Agenda .XLS Format

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First Name




Open Source Licensing: Making sense of the alphabet soup, GPL, AGPL, LGPL, Apache, BSD and Eclipse



The Connect project and the Apache License and why he feels a commercial friendly license like that helps to build community.



GT.M updates



Front office to back office communication and configuring note title parameters for efficiency. MA to Provider workflow using change author and additional signer techniques. Using complementary templates (MA-provider) to improve efficiency. Using progress note title objects to capture enduring social history, family hx etc. Problem list or note title? The capture of Social Hx, PHM, Surgical Hx etc. the outpatient encounter object as a billing tool Whoever does it, documents it: The MA/Nursing procedure template.



To be confirmed: Semantic Web VistA



To be confirmed: What IHS is doing under the Recovery Act, in particular around Certification and Meaningful Use and "modernization".



Clinical configuration pearls, implementation management issues, quality reporting in VistA



CCR/CCD Project update



Revival of the MUMPS Development Committee



Update on releases



Internationalization; De-Identification Strategies of what works and what does not; Creation of a new Test Database Scrambler



FileMan/Kernel presentation, emphasizing things that are not straightforwardly apparent in the Fileman documentation.



One Small Step: Astronaut launches a full suite of new VistA products to meet the challenges of health information technology. Astronaut VistA Installers, Shuttle, and Training will be featured.

If you would like to make a presentation, please contact Joseph Dal Molin or Nancy Anthracite as soon as possible.

Tracks for VistA Community Meetings are ultimately decided by the attendees, their interests and their ability to present.  The planned tracks for the 20th VistA Community meeting will be presented shortly.


Registration is now open at the following link:  Early reduced registration rates end Friday, January 8th 2010.

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Please contact Joseph Dal Molin or Nancy Anthracite if your organization would like to sponsor a lunch or breaks.

Scholarships & Waivers

In previous VistA Community Meetings, thanks to donations from benefactors, we were able to offer a limited number of "scholarships" to those who have the potential and interest in contributing to the VistA community, but who have not yet acquired the expertise to make technical contributions.  WorldVistA has decided to formalize these as the Tom Ackerman Memorial Scholarships.  In addition to funding scholarships with "current" donations, we would also like to establish a corpus from which to provide stable funding for scholarships to VistA events.  Please contact Joseph Dal Molin or Nancy Anthracite to request a scholarship - or if you or your organization would like to make a donation to the Tom Ackerman Memorial Scholarship fund

.  Donations can be made anonymously or as named funds that are publicly acknowledged.


If you are a WorldVistA member, and you will be making technical contributions to the conference, you may request a waiver of the conference fee.  Please contact Nancy Anthracite or Joseph Dal Molin to request a waiver.

Location, Facilities, Lodging

The 20th VistA Community Meeting will take place at the Brickyard Artisan Court (BYAC) 7th & Mill Ave. on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University.

The nearest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX) from where a light rail service to the Tempe campus of ASU is now operational (exit at 3rd & Mill Ave).  [The PHX inter-terminal shuttle buses take you to the light rail stop.  Buy a ticket on the platform and take the rail going eastbound, towards Tempe.]

We are working on obtaining a block of rooms at the Marriott. The following are hotel/motel accommodation options.

Disclaimer: WorldVistA does not take any responsibility for the quality of the hotels on this list. All of these hotels are being provided as an alternative to the Marriott, but please be aware that you need to select your accommodations based on your own discretion.

Hotel Name






Marriott Courtyard

601 South Ash Avenue

Tempe, Arizona 85281

(480) 966-2800
Call to obtain WorldVistA meeting rate.

Quality Inn At Asu - Airport

1375 East University Drive

Tempe, AZ 85281 US

(480) 774-2500


Comfort Inn And Suites At Asu

1031 East Apache Boulevard

Tempe, AZ 85281 US

(480) 966-7202


Super 8 Tempe-asu-airport

1020 East Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ 85281 US

(480) 967-8891


Days Inn Tempe Arizona State University

1221 East Apache Boulevard, Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 968-7793


Motel 6 Phoenix Tempe Broadway

513 W Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 967-8696


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Event Contacts

Nancy Anthracite / nancy *at* worldvista *dot* org

Joseph Dal Molin / dalmolin *at* worldvista *dot* org

Madie Barber Dal Molin / madeline.joi *at* gmail *dot* com


We would like to express our appreciation to Arizona State University for hosting the meeting.