VistA

 

In the implementation process of Hakeem program, EHS adopted the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), an enterprise-wide information system used throughout the United States Department of the Veteran Affairs (VA) medical system. It is a collection of over 100 integrated software modules that has been successfully implemented in 168 hospitals and 1000 clinics in the US as well as in many other countries around the world, including: Brazil, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan and Samoa.

 

VistA offers a proven, open source, fully integrated, fully functional, scalable information system built around an electronic health record. This very specialized system utilizes millions of lines of codes as well as a specific language for medical purposes known as MUMPS.

 

As the VistA system originated in the United States to respond to the needs of veterans’ hospitals, outpatient clinics and nursing homes, the Hakeem VistA-based structure needed to be customized and modified to Jordanian regulations, language, mindset and standards. Consequently, EHS identified the local health sector needs and requirements for a proper customized implementation of VistA in Jordan. Thereafter, EHS successfully conducted numerous quality tests to ascertain the capacity and efficiency of the system (i.e. drug information, localization, etc.). Ultimately, EHS has become a pioneer, both locally and regionally, in developing a technology solution for the national public health sector.

 

According to the web resource for physicians and health professionals, Medscape, VistA-VA-CPRS is rated as the top electronic health record for 2014 and 2015, as illustrated in the figure below:

Figure 1: Top Rated EHRs Overall - VistA