[ Tuesday, September 20, 2005 ]
Continuing to move in fits and starts, CMS has released an "evaluation" version (or "beta" version) of the VA's electronic medical record system, known as "Vista." As previously announced, as a part of the Federal government's initiative in pushing EMRs, CMS decided to make the VA's EMR program available for free to whomever wanted it. Popular opinion is that Vista is not the easiest program to work with, and that medical practices that take advantage of the "free" program will still have to pay someone to install it, train employees on it, and maintain it.
Then again, it is free. You can get more information about the evaluation version, including advice on whether your practice site would make a good beta site, here
Jeff [11:17 AM]
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