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VistA Imaging System

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VistA Imaging has helped VA hospitals achieve an enterprise-wide paperless and filmless Electronic Health Record. The VA achieved an important milestone.  On August 25, 2019, the VA’s Veterans Health Information System Technology Architecture (VistA) Imaging system acquired its 10 billionth image, making VistA Imaging one of the largest digital medical image repositories in the world.

The imaging system now captures clinical images, scanned documents, motion video and other non-text data, and makes them part of the patient's electronic medical record. Today most of the clinical images acquired by VistA are in the DICOM format.  Over 650 different models of DICOM image acquisition instruments send images to VistA.  A little over a billion images are acquired annually.

Doctor using VISTA Imaging

The Food and Drug Administration has classified the VistA Imaging software as a medical device. The use of VistA Imaging in a clinical setting is subject to the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Title 21 Part 820.

For additional information, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs Freedom of Information Act Service.