Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem

Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem We identify, test, & evaluate ideas that improve access, increase quality, drive down costs, and drive up Veteran satisfaction.
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The Greenhouse Initiative was created to bring the voice of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs frontline staff and Vete...
07/21/2021

The Greenhouse Initiative was created to bring the voice of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs frontline staff and Veterans into the innovations of tomorrow. Today at Richmond VA Medical Center, the Greenhouse welcomed it's first prototype investment- portable PT parallel bars from our collaborator Wareologie. Next steps, obtain feedback from staff and iterate! Combining external collaboration with the experience of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and the process of innovation.

On this day in 1930 the Veterans Administration was created, ushering in a new era for Veteran care in America and pavin...
07/21/2021

On this day in 1930 the Veterans Administration was created, ushering in a new era for Veteran care in America and paving the way for the innovative, integrated care Veterans receive today. We carry on that tradition, making sure that we are breaking boundaries to forge the future of Veteran care. Learn more about our history of care below. https://www.va.gov/vha-history/index.asp

On this day in 1930 the Veterans Administration was created, ushering in a new era for Veteran care in America and paving the way for the innovative, integrated care Veterans receive today. We carry on that tradition, making sure that we are breaking boundaries to forge the future of Veteran care. Learn more about our history of care below. https://www.va.gov/vha-history/index.asp

Recently the VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) has been honored by three separate, prestigious awards that recognize the...
07/20/2021

Recently the VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) has been honored by three separate, prestigious awards that recognize the incredible effort that our frontline innovators are doing across the country and the impact that our health care innovation is having not just on Veterans but all of health care. These awards, given to individual contributors and practices, are just the tip of the incredible work done every day by the dynamic network of innovators that VHA IE supports. We’re excited to honor them as well.

Paul B. Magnuson Award

Dr. Miriam Morey received the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service's highest honor— the Paul B. Magnuson Award—for her work on Gerofit, which is supported through the VHA IE Diffusion of Excellence. It is given to recognize humanitarianism and dedication in service to Veterans. Gerofit is a supervised exercise program designed to help aging Veterans improve their physical strength and functional independence.

Service to the Citizen Award

The Service to the Citizen Award recognizes public servants and their industry partners who demonstrate excellence in their delivery of services that impact the general public. This year multiple VHA IE members received the award across our portfolios, including: Suzanne Shirley, Director of Community Engagement & Fellowship;​ Joshua Patterson, Director, Care & Transformational Initiatives;​ Dr. Kevin Galpin, Executive Director VHA Telehealth Services; Dr. Beth Ripley, Director, former Veterans Health Administration 3D Printing Network and now Deputy Chief, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning; Dr. Thomas Osborne, Director of the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at VA Palo Alto Health Care System;​ and Sally Dang, Chief of Optometry Service.

John M. Eisenberg Award

The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and health care quality. This year the Rapid Naloxone Initiative, which was supported and spread by the VHA IE Diffusion of Excellence, received the Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level Award.

Recently the VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) has been honored by three separate, prestigious awards that recognize the incredible effort that our frontline innovators are doing across the country and the impact that our health care innovation is having not just on Veterans but all of health care. These awards, given to individual contributors and practices, are just the tip of the incredible work done every day by the dynamic network of innovators that VHA IE supports. We’re excited to honor them as well.

Paul B. Magnuson Award

Dr. Miriam Morey received the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service's highest honor— the Paul B. Magnuson Award—for her work on Gerofit, which is supported through the VHA IE Diffusion of Excellence. It is given to recognize humanitarianism and dedication in service to Veterans. Gerofit is a supervised exercise program designed to help aging Veterans improve their physical strength and functional independence.

Service to the Citizen Award

The Service to the Citizen Award recognizes public servants and their industry partners who demonstrate excellence in their delivery of services that impact the general public. This year multiple VHA IE members received the award across our portfolios, including: Suzanne Shirley, Director of Community Engagement & Fellowship;​ Joshua Patterson, Director, Care & Transformational Initiatives;​ Dr. Kevin Galpin, Executive Director VHA Telehealth Services; Dr. Beth Ripley, Director, former Veterans Health Administration 3D Printing Network and now Deputy Chief, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning; Dr. Thomas Osborne, Director of the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at VA Palo Alto Health Care System;​ and Sally Dang, Chief of Optometry Service.

John M. Eisenberg Award

The John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards recognize major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and health care quality. This year the Rapid Naloxone Initiative, which was supported and spread by the VHA IE Diffusion of Excellence, received the Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level Award.

Recognizing the potential of Veterans and military spouses as innovators and entrepreneurs, while also considering the u...
07/19/2021

Recognizing the potential of Veterans and military spouses as innovators and entrepreneurs, while also considering the unique health care needs to the military community, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with Johnson & Johnson Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, is proud to launch the two-part Veterans Lead QuickFire Challenge series.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90905/johnson-veterans-lead-quickfire-challenge-grants/

Recognizing the potential of Veterans and military spouses as innovators and entrepreneurs, while also considering the unique health care needs to the military community, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, together with Johnson & Johnson Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, is proud to launch the two-part Veterans Lead QuickFire Challenge series.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90905/johnson-veterans-lead-quickfire-challenge-grants/

07/18/2021

See how our boundary breaking work with Podimetrics is saving Veteran lives and giving them greater access to diabetic care.

Register now for the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge with Founder Institute—an exciting two-day event that w...
07/16/2021

Register now for the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge with Founder Institute—an exciting two-day event that will bring innovators from across America together for the chance to collaborate with VA!
http://ow.ly/s8QL50Fv5Rq

DEADLINE: July 30th for pitch applicants

Register now for the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge with Founder Institute—an exciting two-day event that will bring innovators from across America together for the chance to collaborate with VA!
http://ow.ly/s8QL50Fv5Rq

DEADLINE: July 30th for pitch applicants

Tune in tonight for the 72nd #FlemmingAwards where Suzzane Shirley will be honored for her work forging the future of Ve...
07/15/2021
The Arthur S. Flemming Awards | Government Matters

Tune in tonight for the 72nd #FlemmingAwards where Suzzane Shirley will be honored for her work forging the future of Veteran care!

Watch on Thursday, July 15th at 8:30 and 11:30 PM on WJLA 24/7 News

Don't miss the Greenhouse Initiative portable PT parallel bar prototype reveal with Wareologie tomorrow at noon ET! Next...
07/14/2021

Don't miss the Greenhouse Initiative portable PT parallel bar prototype reveal with Wareologie tomorrow at noon ET! Next week the prototype will head to Richmond VA Medical Center for user experience testing as part of the next phase within the Greenhouse. http://ow.ly/prOV50Fulrp

Don't miss the Greenhouse Initiative portable PT parallel bar prototype reveal with Wareologie tomorrow at noon ET! Next week the prototype will head to Richmond VA Medical Center for user experience testing as part of the next phase within the Greenhouse. http://ow.ly/prOV50Fulrp

Employee innovators at Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem’s (VHA IE’s) Innovators Network (iNET) sites ...
07/13/2021

Employee innovators at Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem’s (VHA IE’s) Innovators Network (iNET) sites around the country are submitting their applications for the next round of iNET’s Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program (Spark-Seed-Spread). The innovative program is returning for its seventh cohort and looking to discover employee ideas to innovatively solve frontline problems from across the country. With more than 500 employee investments (aka innovative concepts or ideas) since its inception, Spark-Seed-Spread is a cornerstone of how VHA IE grows and syndicates a culture of innovation at VA.

Run as a business start-up would, the program provides selected recipients—known as Investees—resources and training to operationalize their early-stage innovations. These resources include human-centered design training, lean start-up education, pitch design, and lessons in storytelling. The investments are broken up into three categories based on how mature an innovation is:

• Spark: early-stage solution ideas still being explored
• Seed: solutions with completed prototypes that need to undergo feasibility testing
• Spreads: solutions that have proven feasible in one environment or location, but require more testing to refine the solution for validation

“We’re excited to once again discover the incredible work going on at all of the iNET sites across the VHA,” said Allison Amrhein, iNET Director of Operations. “This program is all about empowering frontline employees, who engage with Veterans every day, and allowing their incredible work to break the boundaries of Veteran health care.”

Not sure if you’re an employee at an iNET site? Visit our webpage for a map of iNET facilities. Ready to apply? Reach out to your local Innovation Specialist. For everyone else, stay tuned to hear about the passionate employees selected from this year’s Spark-Seed-Spread Program in September.

Employee innovators at Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem’s (VHA IE’s) Innovators Network (iNET) sites around the country are submitting their applications for the next round of iNET’s Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program (Spark-Seed-Spread). The innovative program is returning for its seventh cohort and looking to discover employee ideas to innovatively solve frontline problems from across the country. With more than 500 employee investments (aka innovative concepts or ideas) since its inception, Spark-Seed-Spread is a cornerstone of how VHA IE grows and syndicates a culture of innovation at VA.

Run as a business start-up would, the program provides selected recipients—known as Investees—resources and training to operationalize their early-stage innovations. These resources include human-centered design training, lean start-up education, pitch design, and lessons in storytelling. The investments are broken up into three categories based on how mature an innovation is:

• Spark: early-stage solution ideas still being explored
• Seed: solutions with completed prototypes that need to undergo feasibility testing
• Spreads: solutions that have proven feasible in one environment or location, but require more testing to refine the solution for validation

“We’re excited to once again discover the incredible work going on at all of the iNET sites across the VHA,” said Allison Amrhein, iNET Director of Operations. “This program is all about empowering frontline employees, who engage with Veterans every day, and allowing their incredible work to break the boundaries of Veteran health care.”

Not sure if you’re an employee at an iNET site? Visit our webpage for a map of iNET facilities. Ready to apply? Reach out to your local Innovation Specialist. For everyone else, stay tuned to hear about the passionate employees selected from this year’s Spark-Seed-Spread Program in September.

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07/12/2021

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In 2015, VA launched the Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS) program to bring specialty eye care services to under...
07/11/2021

In 2015, VA launched the Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS) program to bring specialty eye care services to underserved Veterans. This telehealth initiative places eye technicians in VA clinics in rural areas to conduct screenings. They send the results to VA eye care providers for diagnosis and follow-up care. Since its inception, there are now 40 TECS sites across the country.

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming has launched a pilot program to expand mobile eye care access to even more underserved Veterans who live in rural areas.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90659/traveling-eye-care-pilot-program-launches-wyoming/

In 2015, VA launched the Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS) program to bring specialty eye care services to underserved Veterans. This telehealth initiative places eye technicians in VA clinics in rural areas to conduct screenings. They send the results to VA eye care providers for diagnosis and follow-up care. Since its inception, there are now 40 TECS sites across the country.

The Cheyenne VA Medical Center in Wyoming has launched a pilot program to expand mobile eye care access to even more underserved Veterans who live in rural areas.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90659/traveling-eye-care-pilot-program-launches-wyoming/

Applications are still open for the #VHAIE @founding #BreakingBoundaries Collaboration Challenge! What does collaboratio...
07/09/2021

Applications are still open for the #VHAIE @founding #BreakingBoundaries Collaboration Challenge! What does collaboration with @VeteransHealth look like? Check out the latest #Greenhouse projects. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90405/greenhouse-initiative-continues-break-boundaries/

Applications are still open for the #VHAIE @founding #BreakingBoundaries Collaboration Challenge! What does collaboration with @VeteransHealth look like? Check out the latest #Greenhouse projects. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/90405/greenhouse-initiative-continues-break-boundaries/

#FaceofInnoVAtion is a regular series  focusing on @VeteransHealth employees impacting Veteran lives through innovation....
07/08/2021

#FaceofInnoVAtion is a regular series focusing on @VeteransHealth employees impacting Veteran lives through innovation. This month meet Ashley Crooks from the St. Cloud VAHCS. http://ow.ly/XS4050Fk5Mx

#FaceofInnoVAtion is a regular series focusing on @VeteransHealth employees impacting Veteran lives through innovation. This month meet Ashley Crooks from the St. Cloud VAHCS. http://ow.ly/XS4050Fk5Mx

Leaders from Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Experts from Founder Institute E...
07/07/2021

Leaders from Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Experts from Founder Institute Endiatx Wareologie. The excitement building to #VHAiEX starts with the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge, an engaging live and virtual event open to all August 26th and 27th. Register today to pitch or attend! https://bit.ly/3zmW2qY

Leaders from Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Experts from Founder Institute Endiatx Wareologie. The excitement building to #VHAiEX starts with the Breaking Boundaries Collaboration Challenge, an engaging live and virtual event open to all August 26th and 27th. Register today to pitch or attend! https://bit.ly/3zmW2qY

Nominations for the Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert L. Jesse Award for Excellence in Innovation are now open for V...
07/06/2021

Nominations for the Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert L. Jesse Award for Excellence in Innovation are now open for VA employees. Established in 2019, this award program recognizes and honors outstanding Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees who have demonstrated excellence and enabled the discovery and expanse of health care innovation that exceeds expectations, restores hope, and builds trust within the Veteran community.

This year, the award will honor three selected recipients—a non-clinical employee, a clinical employee, and a team or department—who have demonstrated excellence and promotion of innovation across VHA. Alongside the prestigious award, which will be presented at this year’s VHA Innovation Experience and can be displayed at a winner’s facility, the three selected recipients will walk away with a one-time cash award. Winners will be selected by a multi-disciplinary panel created by the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL).

Dr. Jesse's career vision, commitment, and dedication to health care innovation were priorities during his tenure at VHA. Dr. Jesse was appointed Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health on July 4, 2010. Additionally, he served as the Chief Consultant for Medical Surgical Services in VA's Office of Patient Care Services and the National Program Director for Cardiology. In this capacity, he implemented broad innovative reforms in the delivery of specialty, sub-specialty, and emergency care that have significantly improved the quality of care provided across VA.

Nominations for the award should be submitted on VA LEAF (VA Employees only) by Friday, July 30, 2021. Questions regarding the award process should be directed to the VA Innovation Support Team at [email protected].

Nominations for the Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert L. Jesse Award for Excellence in Innovation are now open for VA employees. Established in 2019, this award program recognizes and honors outstanding Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees who have demonstrated excellence and enabled the discovery and expanse of health care innovation that exceeds expectations, restores hope, and builds trust within the Veteran community.

This year, the award will honor three selected recipients—a non-clinical employee, a clinical employee, and a team or department—who have demonstrated excellence and promotion of innovation across VHA. Alongside the prestigious award, which will be presented at this year’s VHA Innovation Experience and can be displayed at a winner’s facility, the three selected recipients will walk away with a one-time cash award. Winners will be selected by a multi-disciplinary panel created by the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL).

Dr. Jesse's career vision, commitment, and dedication to health care innovation were priorities during his tenure at VHA. Dr. Jesse was appointed Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health on July 4, 2010. Additionally, he served as the Chief Consultant for Medical Surgical Services in VA's Office of Patient Care Services and the National Program Director for Cardiology. In this capacity, he implemented broad innovative reforms in the delivery of specialty, sub-specialty, and emergency care that have significantly improved the quality of care provided across VA.

Nominations for the award should be submitted on VA LEAF (VA Employees only) by Friday, July 30, 2021. Questions regarding the award process should be directed to the VA Innovation Support Team at [email protected].

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Up until this COVID-19 thing I could not get better care anywhere .... now the key word is .... I can get this anywhere! Everything has gone to pot!
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Dear VA Leadership and Physicians, PLEASE watch this You Tube video from the Doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. They have rolled out a platform to assist with the long term effects of Covid and help Covid patients STAY OUT OF THE EMERGENCY ROOMS. Mt. Sinai has TOO MANY Covid follow-up patients and they want to share this information/technology:
Dear VA Leadership and Physicians, PLEASE watch this You Tube video from the Doctors at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. They have rolled out a platform to assist with the long term effects of Covid and help Covid patients STAY OUT OF THE EMERGENCY ROOMS. Mt. Sinai has TOO MANY Covid follow-up patients and they want to share this information/technology:
It’s so hard to believe the VA has no means of sending patients a survey that collects data that is returned to the clinicians electronically other than scanning/emailing. Why can’t we just have the ability to send patients a health screening form that is collected before their appointments? Any solutions?
I need HELP here, I have a Purple Heart Vet in the hospital they are trying to discharge in Oregon. His home is in ruins ( hole in ceiling, hole in floor, cat p*e and p**p everywhere) and need help having it deamed inhabitable. I am hoping to get this VET to the VA for long term care. He has terminal cancer and has fallen several times in a matter of a day which is why he is in hospital. Please advise what to do, they are trying g to discharge him home today.
VHA Innovators Network at work at the Lexington VA Health Care System! https://www.facebook.com/48684738411/posts/10157349202288412/
VHA Innovators Network in action at the Lexington VA Health Care System! #inet #vhainnovation #ourdentistsrock #digitaldentistry #lexinnovators https://www.facebook.com/248427171849408/posts/4163131963712223/
Love seeing so many of our local innovation projects supported by the VHA Innovators Network highlighted in this video!! 🐈🐕🎵🎶 #vhainnovation #inet #lexinnovators #petsforvets #musicforvets #waitandseewhatsnext https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4025786117446809&id=248427171849408
All I want for my husband, a 100 percent disabled veteran is the ability to go to the dr of his choice! I’ve been waiting A YEAR TO GET HIM BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY DENTIST! My husband and I have been thru HELL. PLEASE ALLOW HIM TO CHOOSE HIS DRS WITHOUT ALL THE VA RED TAPE!
GOT A VETERAN DAY GIFT TODAY -- IT WAS BILLS THAT I WAS TOLD WAS PAID THIS SUMMER --- BUT THANKS TO THE SORRY GROUP IN COMMUNITY CARE AT THE BECKLEY VAMC I STILL OWE IT. The bills are from the summer of 2018 that is 2018. I started getting bills in Dec 2018 and talked to Beckley VAMC and was told it would be taken care of within 30 days. I still received bills in Jan. 2019 and Feb. 2019 so I went back to the VA and LYING JEFF said he would check on it and call me back --- he still hasn't called. --- I kept getting the bills and they were turned over for collections and put on my credit report lowering my credit rate. In July 2019 I was told they were paid. So today I received the bills saying it was my responsible to pay them. It seems that WILL GILES and his group of merry men don't know what they are doing.