DSS, Inc.: Deep Legacy of VistA Support and Integration Expertise

Following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting how DSS, Inc. is the ideal VistA support partner as the VA manages its new electronic health record modernization (EHRM) effort. As DSS, Inc. continues its 25-plus-year legacy of improving healthcare delivery, tackling interoperability challenges, and enhancing patient outcomes, the company also possesses a historical record of being the premier integrator of commercial applications within the VistA environment to meet the challenging care needs of Veterans.

With the transition from the VistA system to the new electronic health record modernization (EHRM) effort expected to take up to 10 years, the VA will continue to update VistA until the new rollout is fully complete. With the right partner ecosystem, the transition can be seamless and won’t impact Veteran care.

During the transition, DSS is uniquely suited to continue delivering modernized GUI and web-based applications as well as core VistA enhancements that improve standardization, consolidation, and Veteran care during the interim.

Here are additional proof-points as to why DSS is the ideal transition and support partner:

  • Recognized as a 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Healthcare Informatics Top 100 company, we have worked extensively with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and VistA technologies since 1994.

  • DSS offers unmatched products, integration solutions, and operational knowledge to the VA. We have a proven history navigating the unique VA ecosystem, and we provide risk mitigation and systems knowledge that is unparalleled by any other application developer, integrator or service vendor.

  • The DSS team has successfully completed numerous “hard-to-solve” VA innovations such as providing web service access to VistA APIs and VA-cloud-hosted enterprise application reading/writing to every VistA instance.

  • DSS has developed 24 VistA-integrated products, such as VistA Chemotherapy Manager (VCM), Dental Record Manager Plus (DRM), Mental Health Suite (MHS) and TheraDoc.

  • Every VA Medical Center uses a minimum of 10 DSS Software Applications across the clinical, administrative and financial service lines, and our Revenue Cycle Management, and as sub-contractors for VA OI&T.

  • DSS products have evolved and migrated with the VistA Hospital Information System’s life-cycle since the Decentralized Hospital Computer Program/VistA to VistA/Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and now to VistA Evolution/Enterprise Health Management Platform (eHMP).

As the VA makes its transition over to the new EHRM system, the right partner, who has been with the VA on the entire VistA journey, can support efforts to guarantee the best care outcomes for Veterans.

DSS’ mission has always been to improve the VA’s productivity and healthcare delivery by providing innovative, highly efficient, and quality healthcare technology and services.  This mission lives on today.

Stay tuned for more insights in this blog post series where will cover a wide-range of topics about DSS’ 25-plus-year legacy of VistA support. For our next blog post, we will discuss how the company has created more than 70 unique software offerings -- supplying over 40 percent of the available VA APIs for those domain areas.