The community developing, implementing, and using 'open source' software for government at all levels continues to grow. There are now hundreds of sites containing information about this 'open' government community and related open source software, technologies, and solutions spreading across the web. As we started spending thousands of hours surfing the web searching and looking at all these sites trying to find the 'good' sites - sites that contain useful information; have been around for a while; are high quality, and are regularly updated - we decided to put all those links on our own web site to save others from having to spend a lot of their time repeating the same process. We hope you find this site a useful starting point as you investigate the future of 'open' government and associated software & technologies. Our intention is to continually improve this web site over time.
Peter Groen worked for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 30 years. During his federal career, he occupied a number of senior Information Technology (IT) management positions within VA Headquarters and in the field. He has served as the Director of the Health Information & Technology Sharing (HITS) Program, the Director of the Medical Information Security Service, Director of VHA Telecommunications Services, the Deputy Associate CIO for the Veterans Health Administration, as well as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the VA Medical Centers in Atlanta and Columbia S.C. He served as the national project manager for the VA Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) as well as the VA Internet and VHA Intranet Redesign projects. Prior to working for the VA, Mr. Groen served in the U.S. Navy for six years. He was a supervisor of the Combat Information Center aboard the guided missile destroyer, U.S.S. Sellers DDG-11, during the Vietnam War.
Mr. Groen obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Clemson University and a Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from The Pennsylvania State University. He served five years as an adjunct faculty instructor at the University of South Carolina and as an adjunct faculty member of the Computer & Information Sciences Department at Shepherd University in West Virginia, for many years. He helped found the Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC) and served as its Associate Director for almost 5 years. Mr. Groen has written numerous articles and co-authored several books over the years with a focus on information technology in health care. He is regularly invited to speak at professional conferences across the country. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) and iConecto.com and served as the principle investigator for the Medicaid Transformation Grant (MTG) eHealth initiatives for the State of West Virginia. He is currently assisting with the start up activities of several for-profit and non-profit information technology (IT) organizations.
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