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VA Clinical Scheduling Contest Winners Announced
Open Health News

The VA just announced the three winners of their innovative Medical Appointment Scheduling Contest. The winners are: in first place, Health eTime by MedRed, LLC; in second place, OH Scheduler by Oroville Hospital; and in third place is the HP Open Community Team Submission, which was put together by a team of open source developers led by HP. These were judged to be the top three systems out of a total field of 41 entries submitted by June 13 of this year.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the contest last year as part of an innovative approach to enhance the capabilities of its world class electronic health record (EHR) system, VistA. The contest was hosted on the website. The contest was driven by the VA’s decision to transition its VistA into an openly architected product and to challenge developers to offer standards-based, modular components that can be extended and modified much more easily than customized products.