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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05/06/2021

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The Care & Transformational Initiatives (CTI) portfolio of the VHA Innovation Ecosystem is acting to proactively underst...
05/04/2021

The Care & Transformational Initiatives (CTI) portfolio of the VHA Innovation Ecosystem is acting to proactively understand the long-term needs of COVID-19-impacted Veterans. CTI is developing the ability to rapidly learn from innovations and trends across VHA, as well as offering opportunities for innovation pilots to advance care for these Veterans.

In particular, “long-haul” COVID-19 experiences have emerged as a critical area for further study and research. As such, CTI has partnered with the Chief Technology Office (CTO), Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI), Office of Health Equity (OHE), Veterans Experience Office (VEO), and the Office of Research and Development (ORD). Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for VHA and the Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services, these collaborations seek to address the impacts of long-haul COVID-19.

This effort will include data-driven analyses to understand the resources, contexts, and care pathways that lead to and foster more equitable best practice outcomes. It will synthesize those findings to create novel tools and resources to help sites adopt best practices. Beginning with an environmental scan to identify current operations for providing specialized care, it will then create a community of practice for field sites to learn from each other. As the community of practice advances and identifies opportunities for pilot innovation projects, it discovers additional resources and programs that can provide high-value care for our Veterans. So far at least eight field sites, which are already innovating to serve Veterans with long-haul COVID symptoms, have been identified, and additional sites that would like to participate are being sought.
If you would like to learn more about this project contact CTI Clinical Data Specialist, [email protected].

The Care & Transformational Initiatives (CTI) portfolio of the VHA Innovation Ecosystem is acting to proactively understand the long-term needs of COVID-19-impacted Veterans. CTI is developing the ability to rapidly learn from innovations and trends across VHA, as well as offering opportunities for innovation pilots to advance care for these Veterans.

In particular, “long-haul” COVID-19 experiences have emerged as a critical area for further study and research. As such, CTI has partnered with the Chief Technology Office (CTO), Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI), Office of Health Equity (OHE), Veterans Experience Office (VEO), and the Office of Research and Development (ORD). Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for VHA and the Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Under Secretary for Health for Clinical Services, these collaborations seek to address the impacts of long-haul COVID-19.

This effort will include data-driven analyses to understand the resources, contexts, and care pathways that lead to and foster more equitable best practice outcomes. It will synthesize those findings to create novel tools and resources to help sites adopt best practices. Beginning with an environmental scan to identify current operations for providing specialized care, it will then create a community of practice for field sites to learn from each other. As the community of practice advances and identifies opportunities for pilot innovation projects, it discovers additional resources and programs that can provide high-value care for our Veterans. So far at least eight field sites, which are already innovating to serve Veterans with long-haul COVID symptoms, have been identified, and additional sites that would like to participate are being sought.
If you would like to learn more about this project contact CTI Clinical Data Specialist, [email protected].

05/04/2021

Over the course of 3 years, our friends at VHA QUERI have studied the VHA Innovators Network and iNET's ability to change the culture of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, starting from within the Network itself. Watch the journey of iNET.

Meet Hines VA Hospital Innovation Specialist Matt Knight. Face of InnoVAtion is a regular series from the VHA Innovation...
05/03/2021

Meet Hines VA Hospital Innovation Specialist Matt Knight. Face of InnoVAtion is a regular series from the VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) focusing on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees who are working to change and save Veteran lives through innovation.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87992/face-innovation-matthew-knight/

Meet Hines VA Hospital Innovation Specialist Matt Knight. Face of InnoVAtion is a regular series from the VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) focusing on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees who are working to change and save Veteran lives through innovation.
https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87992/face-innovation-matthew-knight/

VEText has helped millions of Veterans reschedule their appointments, now it is helping them get vaccinated.  How did it...
04/29/2021

VEText has helped millions of Veterans reschedule their appointments, now it is helping them get vaccinated. How did it start? When an employee identified a problem and set out to solve it. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87921/vetext-local-innovation-national-covid-19-support/

VEText has helped millions of Veterans reschedule their appointments, now it is helping them get vaccinated. How did it start? When an employee identified a problem and set out to solve it. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87921/vetext-local-innovation-national-covid-19-support/

Don't miss a Fellowship Friday session! Enjoy the library of recordings anytime and keep-up with the incredible work of ...
04/27/2021

Don't miss a Fellowship Friday session! Enjoy the library of recordings anytime and keep-up with the incredible work of the VHA IE Fellows. The latest sit-down, features Eli Kaufman of VA Puget Sound Health Care System and his initiative to improve access to Veterans in-need of prosthetics. https://www.facebook.com/watch/163231787057358/2601644866804234/

Don't miss a Fellowship Friday session! Enjoy the library of recordings anytime and keep-up with the incredible work of the VHA IE Fellows. The latest sit-down, features Eli Kaufman of VA Puget Sound Health Care System and his initiative to improve access to Veterans in-need of prosthetics. https://www.facebook.com/watch/163231787057358/2601644866804234/

The next Fellow in our ongoing Trailblazer series is Eli Kaufman, who is the Research Prosthetist at the Center for Limb...
04/27/2021

The next Fellow in our ongoing Trailblazer series is Eli Kaufman, who is the Research Prosthetist at the Center for Limb Loss and Mobility at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) Entrepreneur in Residence. Eli sat down with our own Suzy Shirley to discuss his work and how VHA IE and the Office of Rural Health (ORH) are helping him spread his innovative Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotic Care (MoPOC) program into an enterprise-wide practice.

As a VHA IE Entrepreneur in Residence, Kaufman receives support, time, and guidance in developing the rapidly expanding MOPOC program. The Fellowship Program provides Kaufman and the rest of the MOPOC team with the time and space needed to build MOPOC nationwide. Originally called Mobile OPS, MOPOC is a way for Veterans to receive their prosthetic care in the comfort of their own home, without having to travel miles in varying conditions for appointments at their medical center. The team developed a mobile version of a prosthetic lab that fits in a standard car and allows Veterans to receive their new prosthetic, have it properly fit, and engage with a prosthetist without ever leaving home.

Launched at the VA Puget Sound HCS and supported through the VHA Innovators Network Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program, the project was a massive success with getting Veterans—some who had been lacking in care for years—the artificial limb care that they needed. Not only were Veterans happy with the service, but it saved VA on costs compared to contracted providers and meant far less travel for Veterans.

“The truth is our solution isn’t completely outside the box—if a person is having a difficult time coming to us, let’s bring the care to them,” Kaufman notes.

Now known as MOPOC, the program is going nationwide through support from the Office of Rural Health and VHA IE. In the future, MOPOC will be a standard feature of VA facilities across the country, bringing much-needed care to rural communities and providing greater access to prosthetic care for all Veterans.

The next Fellow in our ongoing Trailblazer series is Eli Kaufman, who is the Research Prosthetist at the Center for Limb Loss and Mobility at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) Entrepreneur in Residence. Eli sat down with our own Suzy Shirley to discuss his work and how VHA IE and the Office of Rural Health (ORH) are helping him spread his innovative Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotic Care (MoPOC) program into an enterprise-wide practice.

As a VHA IE Entrepreneur in Residence, Kaufman receives support, time, and guidance in developing the rapidly expanding MOPOC program. The Fellowship Program provides Kaufman and the rest of the MOPOC team with the time and space needed to build MOPOC nationwide. Originally called Mobile OPS, MOPOC is a way for Veterans to receive their prosthetic care in the comfort of their own home, without having to travel miles in varying conditions for appointments at their medical center. The team developed a mobile version of a prosthetic lab that fits in a standard car and allows Veterans to receive their new prosthetic, have it properly fit, and engage with a prosthetist without ever leaving home.

Launched at the VA Puget Sound HCS and supported through the VHA Innovators Network Spark-Seed-Spread Innovation Investment Program, the project was a massive success with getting Veterans—some who had been lacking in care for years—the artificial limb care that they needed. Not only were Veterans happy with the service, but it saved VA on costs compared to contracted providers and meant far less travel for Veterans.

“The truth is our solution isn’t completely outside the box—if a person is having a difficult time coming to us, let’s bring the care to them,” Kaufman notes.

Now known as MOPOC, the program is going nationwide through support from the Office of Rural Health and VHA IE. In the future, MOPOC will be a standard feature of VA facilities across the country, bringing much-needed care to rural communities and providing greater access to prosthetic care for all Veterans.

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04/27/2021

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Healthcare in a post-COVID world will  look far different than it does today. Or will it not? That is why design is so i...
04/25/2021

Healthcare in a post-COVID world will look far different than it does today. Or will it not? That is why design is so important. The future of healthcare is being designed now. Time will tell how different healthcare looks tomorrow. http://hconews.com/2021/04/20/anticipating-the-pandemics-long-term-effect-on-healthcare-design/

Healthcare in a post-COVID world will look far different than it does today. Or will it not? That is why design is so important. The future of healthcare is being designed now. Time will tell how different healthcare looks tomorrow. http://hconews.com/2021/04/20/anticipating-the-pandemics-long-term-effect-on-healthcare-design/

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04/23/2021

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04/23/2021
Fellowship Friday: Eli Kaufman

Welcome back to Fellowship Friday! On the third Friday of each month, we'll be bringing you interviews with VHA IE Fellows! This is your chance to meet the innovative VA Trailblazers who are leading VA into the future.

Joining host Suzy Shirley, Director of Fellowships & Community Engagement at VHA IE, this time is Entrepenuer in Residence Eli Kaufman, who is the Research Prosthetist at the Center for Limb Loss and Mobility at the Seattle VA Medical Center. Kaufman is working on expanding the Mobile Prosthetic and Orthotic Care (MOPOC) program he launched through the Innovators Network.

MoPOC helps to restore function, mobility and independence for rural Veterans with limb loss and movement disorders by bringing artificial limb and bracing care to their communities.

Innovation doesn't always happen overnight. Five years ago, iNET supported the development of life-changing patient educ...
04/20/2021

Innovation doesn't always happen overnight. Five years ago, iNET supported the development of life-changing patient education videos at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and now they are available to Veterans everywhere. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87016/videos-patient-education-promotes-vas-life-sustaining-treatments/

Innovation doesn't always happen overnight. Five years ago, iNET supported the development of life-changing patient education videos at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and now they are available to Veterans everywhere. https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/87016/videos-patient-education-promotes-vas-life-sustaining-treatments/

Congratulations VHA IE's Suzanne Shirley on your Flemming Award! Twelve exceptional public servants representing a diver...
04/19/2021

Congratulations VHA IE's Suzanne Shirley on your Flemming Award! Twelve exceptional public servants representing a diverse array of federal agencies will be honored at the 72nd annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The winners are recognized for performing outstanding service in the fields of applied science and engineering, basic science, leadership and management, legal achievement, and social science.
http://ow.ly/smRl50EqoOE

Congratulations VHA IE's Suzanne Shirley on your Flemming Award! Twelve exceptional public servants representing a diverse array of federal agencies will be honored at the 72nd annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. The winners are recognized for performing outstanding service in the fields of applied science and engineering, basic science, leadership and management, legal achievement, and social science.
http://ow.ly/smRl50EqoOE

Since its inception, the goal of VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) has been to share and celebrate the boundary-breaking f...
04/17/2021
VHA I:E Welcome and Keynote

Since its inception, the goal of VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) has been to share and celebrate the boundary-breaking future of health that VA is providing to Veterans through innovation. Joining us in this goal have been a slew of leaders in the health care industry who have given keynotes and fireside chats on how health care is evolving. iEX has brought some of the best and brightest to inspire attendees with insights, advice, and strategies to push past the status quo.

Over the following weeks, join us in rediscovering some of iEX’s keynotes below, with talks that still apply to the work being done today. First up is Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the former President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic and current Executive Advisor for the Cleveland health system. At the 2018 iEX (then known as I:E), he returned to his roots as a health care innovator, speaking towards how he has broken through barriers during his decades of work in the industry. “It’s the same advice I give to everyone in health care,” he said. “The one reason you’re here is for patients. It’s the only reason we have a job. That’s the North Star of what we do. It’s daunting, but it’s a privilege.”
https://youtu.be/dy_mSeJTdtc

Welcome to the VHA Innovation Experience! Join us live on Aug. 29 and 30 as we present the incredible and innovative work that VA is doing as frontline emplo...

Innovation is making health care more accessible for all Veterans. It’s the future of our care. http://ow.ly/9Ntp50EnGjD
04/16/2021

Innovation is making health care more accessible for all Veterans. It’s the future of our care. http://ow.ly/9Ntp50EnGjD

Innovation is making health care more accessible for all Veterans. It’s the future of our care. http://ow.ly/9Ntp50EnGjD

Diffusion of Excellence-supported Promising Practice "Voluntary Service Curbside Delivery" is at it again; this time it'...
04/14/2021

Diffusion of Excellence-supported Promising Practice "Voluntary Service Curbside Delivery" is at it again; this time it's Veggie for Veterans! http://ow.ly/dE9I50Eo0U8

Diffusion of Excellence-supported Promising Practice "Voluntary Service Curbside Delivery" is at it again; this time it's Veggie for Veterans! http://ow.ly/dE9I50Eo0U8

Face of InnoVAtion is a regular VHA IE series  focusing on VA employees who are working to change and save Veteran lives...
04/12/2021

Face of InnoVAtion is a regular VHA IE series focusing on VA employees who are working to change and save Veteran lives through innovation. This month meet Emily Hood, RDN, LDN, certified intuitive eating counselor, from Memphis VA Medical Center; and Kwynn Mason MPH, RDN, LDN, CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist), from the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. http://ow.ly/qIxb50EjM7w

Face of InnoVAtion is a regular VHA IE series focusing on VA employees who are working to change and save Veteran lives through innovation. This month meet Emily Hood, RDN, LDN, certified intuitive eating counselor, from Memphis VA Medical Center; and Kwynn Mason MPH, RDN, LDN, CLS (Certified Lactation Specialist), from the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. http://ow.ly/qIxb50EjM7w

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Can someone invent individual hand sanitizer packets for the HBPC and outside facility care providers? Like little bacitracin packets but for habd sanitizer. This way we don't have to lug around bottles of plastic hand sanitizer and it could be easily disposed of and decrease cross contamination by being brought to house after house. It cant be that expensive to do.
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.