From NextGov: The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded a $5 million contract to Reston, Va.–based Informatics Applications Group, to spearhead its next-generation electronic health record open-source software.

The contract calls for the Informatics Applications Group to act as a custodial agent for the open-source software project and to establish and manage a code repository that will be used to update VistA and provide software to the entire national healtcare community.

As the custodial agent, the Informatics Applications Group would act as the gatekeeper for this process and "essentially define the relationship between and interactions among developers, users, vendors and service providers." Read the entire article here.