VistA scheduling system contest offers $9 million to its winner

On Wednesday, the department of Veterans Affairs, welcomed the software developer to take participate in a challenge and create a new medical scheduling system for healthcare organization in VA. The prize money is $9 million. Participants have to develop open-source and open API system, to replace the 25 years old, VistA electronic health record system.
“This contest marks a major change in direction by VA, away from software that is so customized that only VA can use it, toward open standards and commercial systems that build on proven practices,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki in a department press release. “The competition will help us serve veterans by encouraging ideas to provide more personalized care.”

The primary purpose of this challenge is to make VistA system easy to understand so that it can be easily modified and customized with latest products. That is why; the participants need to develop an open-source system, which can be easily extended by every user. All the entries will be required to have APIs or open connections.

“For the last 18 months, we have been working with the open source community to support this change in direction. Today we announce yet another project supported by that community,” said Roger Baker, VA assistant secretary for information technology.

Last date of registration is May 13, 2013, and participants will be shortlisted on June 13, 2013. Probably, winner will be announced on Sept. 30, 2013.

This is a great chance for the new software developers to take part in this contest. Despite of such huge price money, by winning this contest they can lift up their careers to new heights. For further detail regarding contest, visit .

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