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The Hardhats community serves itself and others by working on projects that supplement the software and documentation available in VistA. The following projects are a result of many hours of effort by volunteers. Enjoy the fruit of their labors and consider returning the favor by working on these and future projects.

Installing VistA

This documentation project presents chapters in a list of steps for installing VistA's Platinum* account on Graystone Technology Mumps (GT.M)/YottaDB and Intersystems Caché MUMPS server and getting to the point of the functioning Broker.

These instructions were updated in 2016, and 2018. OSEHRA has funded a part of the update. The old instructions are from 2004-2006. They are left here for reference.

New Instructions (2016-2018)

If you will use Caché, follow step 1 and then step 4. If you have GT.M/YottaDB follow steps 2-4

New instructions written and edited by Sam Habiel. Other authors whose work was copied and edited are noted at the top of each document.

If you find any mistakes, you can fix them by forking, making the correction, and then sending in a pull request.

Old Instructions (2004-2006)

Original Insturctions written and edited by Nancy Anthracite and Fil Beza

* Platinum is the complete installation of fully patched VistA clinical applications (that can be released via the Freedom of Information Act).


The Diamond download is a MUMPS account that has been pre-installed with the VistA Infrastructure (Fileman, Kernel, etc.) along with some useful tools, such as VPE. While it is not the complete the installation of VistA clinical applications, it is useful for learnng the VistA Infrastructure and developing applications. Don't think that these applications must be clinical. The Infrastructure is useful for any database applications (shipping, inventory, sales management, etc.)

Automated Patching

This project has started with objectives and specifications, but so far has not generated enough interest for a team to take it on.



This page last updated on December 23 2016.

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