"We knew if you were going to make a real project of this you would have to allow everyone to participate. Our product does just that. You can expose the API to any language."
The IAC report's commitment to open source as a matter of policy and its favoring of the VA's participation in the larger VistA ecosystem were both greeted warmly at Medsphere, Jung said. New technologies like OVID can extend the stack and "allow the data to flow," which Jung said is the key to real health reform.
Who gets the credit matters less to Jung than that the work gets done. "Health care is about the data, it's about the adoption, it's about having a usable system that's widely adopted. But meaningful use is about moving the needle on population management."
But Medsphere can also support SaaS through business partners like the Phoenix Health System. "The combination of hosted and local makes us unique," he concluded.
So while there are going to be critics, and there are going to be reporters who get the story wrong, implying that VistA is about to be scrapped, Medsphere moves straight ahead, believing change is possible and things will work out.