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.
VA employees submit 1,500 ideas to solve top challenges
Thanks to all VA staff who participated in the 2013 Employee Innovation Competition! Together you submitted over 2500 challenges and nearly 1500 solutions, and cast more than 125,000 votes. The top vote-getting ideas are now under review by a panel of VA subject matter experts, which will select the best ideas to be prototyped or piloted. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be sure you don't miss the announcement of the winners!
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.
Presented by VACI, Got Your 6, and Google
In celebration of Veterans Day, VACI partnered with Got Your 6 and Google to present Storytellers, a thought leadership symposium for sharing the unique stories of Veterans working in innovative fields and having a profound impact on the civilian world. Nine speakers delivered short presentations highlighting Veterans who are bridging the civilian-military divide as leaders, team builders, and problem solvers.
GSTW adds 1,000 new slots to VACI's 2,000
VACI joined the Get Skills to Work (GSTW) Coalition in June and jointly announced 1,000 new TechShop training slots for Veterans in addition to the 2,000 sponsored by VACI. These free, one-year memberships include cutting-edge training and equipment at six TechShop locations to help Veterans become more competitive in the job market or pursue entrepreneurial goals.