Cutting-edge technology analyzes psychological signals
VACI is proud to announce a new partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to explore technology-based approaches to addressing mental health challenges that are facing our Veterans. VACI and DARPA will collaborate to examine new technologies and tools developed through DARPA's Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals (DCAPS) program and consider operational applications within the VA system.
Aims to improve persistence, graduation, and placement rates
VACI is sponsoring a project in partnership with the University of Iowa to design and test a comprehensive suite of on-campus services for Veterans attending colleges and universities. Known as the "Iowa Consortium of Veteran Excellence," the model program is intended to ease the transition from military service to academia and employment. VA has awarded a contract to Halfaker and Associates, LLC to develop program materials and assist with the execution of the pilot.
Help VA improve Veterans' mental health!
On February 4, we launched a new Industry Innovation Competition for businesses large and small, start-ups, non-profits, and academic institutions. The topic areas focus on Veterans' mental wellness:
1. Upstream Suicide Intervention
2. Improving Veterans Receptivity to Mental Health Care to Promote Treatment Engagement and Participation
3. Innovative Methods of Incentivizing Behavior to Improve Mental Wellness
This year we are evaluating submissions on a rolling basis.
Innovation allows Veterans to track prescriptions online
Congratulations to VA employee Kenneth Siehr of Milwaukee, who has been named winner of the 2013 SAVE Award! Kenneth's innovation—originally sponsored by VACI as a winner of the Employee Innovation Competition—saves pharmacy staff time and enhances customer service by enabling Veterans to track the delivery of mailed prescription medications online through My HealtheVet.
Kenneth had the opportunity to meet with President Obama in person in the Oval Office to discuss his winning idea. The innovation will be incorporated in the President's budget.
VACI partnership aims to improve care coordination
VACI Entrepreneur in Residence Doug Trauner announced a new partnership giving Veterans the option to electronically forward their immunization records from Walgreens to VA. The arrangement, which is being piloted in Florida, relieves Veterans who choose to get their flu shots outside VA of the need to complete additional VA forms or remember to provide the information to their local VA providers. During the pilot, Veterans will be able to voluntarily transfer immunization records from any of more than 800 Walgreens locations in Florida.