First Annual VistA Extensions Challenge and 2012 vxJourney Webinar Awards Announced

JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.), sponsor of VistA Expo & Symposium, announced the winners of the First Annual VistA Extensions Challenge and the 2012 vxJourney Webinar Awards.

The 2012 vxJourney Webinar Awards honored the community members who have donated their time and expertise to producing VistA-related webinars to be shared freely with the community. Awards were given to the webinar presenters for the following categories; number of webinars presented, engagement, hours watched, largest audience, and most replays. The Community Choice Award for Best Webinar went to Conor Dowling of Caregraf for “FMQL – The FileMan Query Language”. The Community Choice Award for Outstanding Presenter went to Jeannette Klement of DSS, Inc. for her many webinars focused on training for clinical end-users of VistA. View all awards at the vxJourney Awards page.

The top VistA Extension Challenge award, and $2000 prize, went to George Lilly of WorldVistA and David Wicksell of Fourth Watch Software for VISTACOM, a web portal enabling communication of patient data and viewing of clinical quality measures. Second place, and a $1000 prize, went to David Wicksell for Axiom, an extension which adds MUMPS awareness to the commonly-used Vim editor.

The next phase of the challenge (vxChallenge 1.1) will conclude at the OSEHRA Summit 2012, October 17-18 in National Harbor, MD, can be found at VistA Extensions Challenge page. There will be multiple mini-challenges throughout the year, with all votes counting towards the 2013 VISTA Expo & Symposium, where the next round of prizes will be awarded. All extension developers are invited to submit extensions, present webinars in support of their extensions, and post an information page. To be eligible, VistA Extensions must be open source and compatible with OSEHRA VistA.

The Second Annual VISTA Expo & Symposium was held September 11-14th, 2012 in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the non-profit VISTA Expertise Network. This annual event provides a unique opportunity for VistA thought leaders, decision-makers, vendors, adopters, and end-users to meet in a professional conference environment. The Third Annual VISTA Expo & Symposium is scheduled for September 10-13th, 2013. More details can be found at

DSS, Inc. is a Health Information Technologies software development and systems integration company headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida. DSS, Inc. is a supporter and an active member of the Open Source Electronic Health Record community.

DSS, Inc.
Alyssa Stanley, 561-284-7000

Source: DSS, Inc.