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VHA Shark Tank Competition

Identifying Employee-developed Innovations

Our Mission

Diffusion of Excellence's annual VHA Shark Tank Competition identifies field-developed innovations that promote positive outcomes and improve experiences for Veterans and employees. The competition spotlights dedicated VA employees who are addressing some of the toughest challenges at VA and provides a platform for frontline team members to contribute to our learning health care system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the process and how to apply to the next VHA Shark Tank Competition.

VHA Shark Tank Competition Overview

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The Surgical Pause

Reducing Post-surgery Mortality in Frail Veterans

The Surgical Pause utilizes the simple yet sophisticated Risk Analysis Index (RAI) to screen Veterans for frailty in 30 seconds, effectively flagging high-risk Veterans so that the surgical team can ensure that the proposed treatment plans both mitigate known risks and align with the Veterans' overarching life goals.

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Veterans Mental Evaluation Team

VMET assists in responding to calls involving local law enforcement interactions with Veterans in crisis. The team, which includes a VA clinician and a VA police officer, conducts outreach efforts to contact "at risk" Veterans who have stopped showing up for their psychiatric care at their VA facility.

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Allergy to Beta Lactam Evaluation

Saving Lives One Assessment at a Time

The Allergy to Beta Lactam Evaluation is a specialized clinic led by pharmacists, dedicated to evaluating beta-lactam allergies and conducting penicillin skin tests. Its mission is to provide clarity and resolution for patients with beta-lactam allergies, ultimately reducing the potential harm linked to the misclassification of penicillin-type antibiotic allergies.

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