Submission deadline for early consideration is February 24
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 health:
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
We will host a free "industry day" webinar on February 19 to provide information about each area of interest and answer your questions.
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.
Next video in series featuring VACI portfolio projects
The VA Center for Innovation recently piloted an innovation that developed a new version of a web-based telehealth service enabling Veteran patients to see their doctors virtually and securely, without having to travel long distances. This service integrates with the VA electronic medical record (VistA), and was field-tested with Veteran patients and VA providers in Omaha and Minneapolis. The project—done in partnership with Boston-based American Well—explored the feasibility of pushing beyond brick-and-mortar hospital care to create on-demand, virtual patient-doctor interaction as a cost-effective alternative that allows VA to increase access to quality care for more Veterans.
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.