Develop an Open Source Scheduling System for VA and Win $3 Million

January 9, 2013

On Wednesday, the Veterans Affairs Department launched a contest with $3 million in prizes for development of a new patient scheduling system based on open source software. The new system will replace 25-year-old technology.

In March 2009, after spending $167 million over eight years with no viable software to show for it, VA cancelled its previous replacement system for scheduling new patients. The department tacitly acknowledged the debacle today when it said the contest “will allow it to reduce the risks inherent in procurement and deployment of a replacement medical scheduling product.”

VA said it will use the contest to encourage software developers to build a new system based on its open source Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, known as VistA.

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