"Twenty-year-old software developed by the Department of
Veterans Affairs could serve as the low-cost building block of a
nationwide electronic health care record (EHR) system President
Bush wants officials to deploy within the next decade, according to
health management experts.
"This open-source software, based on the VA's Veterans Health
Information Systems Technology Architecture (Vista), could also
become the basis of affordable EHR systems worldwide, said Maury
Pepper, a St. Louis-based computer consultant.