Friday, August 7, 2009

Contrarian View of the VA

Following the progress of hyperbaric medicine at Veterans Administration hospitals? Best Care Anywhere, by Phillip Longman, is sure to be of interest.

Using an impressive line-up of research and statistics, Longman argues that recent changes at the VA light the way toward more reliable and inexpensive healthcare. It's a tall order to fill, and some readers will be stunned by the claim "VA healthcare is better than yours" but the case is well presented.

Of particular interest to us technology types is the section on VistA, the healthcare administration system developed by the VA and made available freely as an open source software project. It's used by healthcare providers around the world. We'd love to hear from readers with VistA experience, especially if they're using it to run their hyperbaric clinic.

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