Mexico adopts modified version of
Veterans Affairs’ VistA
Mexico has installed a Spanish-language version of the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs-developed VistA information system in 21
A delegation from Mexico in 2004 met with VA officials, including Peter
Groen, a technology specialist and retired VA employee, to discuss
installing VistA at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, a
government agency that operates 263 hospitals and more than 4,000
IMSS by May 2005 had implemented VistA’s ADT (admission, discharge and
transfer) and CPRS (computerized patient record system) modules at 12
hospitals, and since then, it has installed the system at nine
additional clinics. IMSS programmers also translated VistA into Spanish
and modified it to fit the agency’s needs.
Several Mexican companies likely will work with U.S.-based vendor
consortium VistA Software Alliance to sell the system in South America.
The VA does not promote or sell VistA, but the code is public domain, so
several countries, including Egypt, Nigeria, Germany and Jordan, have
installed VistA-based IT systems.
The VA does not plan to integrate any advances to VistA made in Mexico
or other countries, but it might include some outside work into
HealtheVet, which is VistA’s replacement system that currently is being
deployed, according to Robert Kolodner, chief health informatics officer
at the Veterans Health Administration who has worked on VistA and its