CodeWeavers, WorldVistA Collaborate on Linux Edition of Public Domain VistA Health Information Software

Open Source Version Will Greatly Increase Appeal for Non-Profits, Developing


Feb 20, 2006, 00:00 ET from CodeWeavers, Inc.

    ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CodeWeavers, Inc., the leading
 Windows-to-Linux software developer, and WorldVistA, a U.S. non-profit
 organization, today announced a strategic partnership aimed at making low-cost
 healthcare management software more freely available worldwide.  As the
 centerpiece of that partnership, CodeWeavers is porting the CPRS (Computerized
 Patient Record System) component of VistA, a free electronic health records
 software application developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, for
 use on Linux open source computers.
     CodeWeavers' version of the VistA CPRS (Computerized Patient Record
 System) graphical user interface will be promoted by WorldVistA to non-profits
 as well as healthcare providers in developing nations around the world.  The
 goal of the two organizations is to increase the viability of implementing
 VistA, thereby giving providers the same capabilities in records management
 enjoyed by their better-funded counterparts in the industrialized West.
     VistA (Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture), a
 robust and proven client-server application, has been used and continuously
 improved by the VA since the mid 1980's to support high-quality medical care
 for military veterans in the United States.  Available for free public use via
 the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, VistA and its accompanying CPRS is of
 great value to healthcare organizations that cannot afford the immense cost of
 proprietary commercial alternatives.
     CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) is the primary physician
 interface for VistA.  Currently available only for Windows, CPRS is being
 converted for Linux by CodeWeavers using the company's well-known CrossOver
 Office(TM) Windows-to-Linux porting technology.
     "VistA is a truly world-class healthcare application that can have a major
 impact on the quality of healthcare globally," said Jonathan Parshall, chief
 operating officer of CodeWeavers, Inc.  "One of the biggest challenges in
 healthcare today is the lack of collaboration among healthcare providers due
 to an incompatible technical infrastructure.  VistA excels in this area,
 especially in the dissemination of treatment protocols and other therapeutic
     "Providing a Linux option for non-profit healthcare organizations in the
 U.S. and elsewhere will be significant for the development of VistA," said
 Maury Pepper, chairman of WorldVistA.  "Because Linux is a free operating
 system, non-profits will have a much easier time implementing VistA in their
 clinics with a Linux-based CPRS.  Because of our partnership with CodeWeavers,
 we believe the VistA bandwagon will really begin to pick up steam in coming
 months and years."
     CodeWeavers' CrossOver Office is widely considered to be the leading
 Windows-to-Linux porting utility.  The application has made it possible for
 scores of top-name commercial software products, from the Microsoft Office
 suite to Microsoft Outlook, Visio, and Internet Explorer, Macromedia's
 Photoshop and Dreamweaver, Intuit's Quicken and Quickbooks, and Lotus Notes,
 to run natively under Linux without the need for a Windows license.
     Over 85% of the VistA CPRS operated out-of-the-box on Linux using
 CrossOver Office.  Remaining functionality is being facilitated by CodeWeavers
 programming specialists, with completion expected in the very near future.
     According to Parshall, CodeWeavers is currently evaluating a pricing model
 that will enable healthcare organizations to acquire a CPRS-specific version
 of CrossOver Office at little to no cost.  In developing nations, final
 pricing will likely reflect a needs assessment of the particular organization.
      Availability of the Linux CPRS for VistA will be announced on the
 WorldVistA web site when ready.  For more information, log on to .
     About WorldVistA:
     WorldVistA seeks to make healthcare information technology more affordable
 and more widely available worldwide.  In particular, WorldVistA is focused on
 further developing and supporting the growing global VistA community.
     WorldVistA was formed to extend and improve the VistA health information
 system for use outside of its original setting.  The system was developed by
 the U.S. government for use in its veterans' hospitals and outpatient clinics.
 WorldVistA has a number of development efforts aimed at adding new software
 modules such as pediatrics, obstetrics, and other functions not used in the
 veterans' healthcare setting.
     WorldVistA seeks to help those who choose to adopt the VistA system to
 successfully master, install, and maintain the software for their own use.
 WorldVistA will strive to guide VistA adopters and programmers towards
 developing a community based on principles of open, collaborative, peer review
 software development and dissemination.  Visit .
     About CodeWeavers, Inc.:
     Founded in 1996 as a general software consultancy, CodeWeavers today
 focuses on the development of Wine and other Linux programming solutions.  The
 company's goal is to bring expanded market opportunities for Windows software
 developers by making it easier, faster, and more painless to port Windows
 software to Linux.  CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source
 Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota,
 California, the Netherlands, and Germany.  The company is privately held.  For
 more information about CodeWeavers, log on to .
     CrossOver Office is a trademark of CodeWeavers, Inc.  All other
 technologies and brand names are used for information only and remain
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
     CodeWeavers, Inc.          WorldVistA
     Jeremy White               Joseph Dal Molin
     651/523-9313               416/232-1206

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