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Collaborating Across Industries to Improve Veteran Healthcare

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NCCHI

Our Mission

Located in Silicon Valley, the National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI) collaborates broadly with industry partners, other government agencies, academia, and throughout VA to create a far-reaching positive impact on Veteran care. NCCHI is translating complex technologies from the research bench to the clinical bedside.

NCCHI is driven to bring our Veterans the best and most advanced healthcare possible. With groundbreaking collaborative partnerships and cutting-edge technology, NCCHI focuses on enhancing healthcare delivery at VA and in the broader healthcare community.

Our Mission and Opportunity

Our Purpose and Why VA

Our Strategic Advantage

Experience a New Era of Connectivity

Innovative Sensor Technology

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Fall Prevention e-Wearable

Falls are costly and common, causing more extended hospital stays and increased care expenses. NCCHI and Palarum developed a wireless SmartSock system. It detects falls and alerts nurses promptly, improving patient safety and clinical response.

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Smart White Cane

NCCHI collaborates with Brian Higgins, a retired VA employee, and Veteran, to develop a revolutionary smart cane for visually impaired individuals. The smart cane, equipped with advanced sensors, such as LIDAR and ultrasound, enhances mobility and navigation, offering increased freedom, safety, and independence.

Digital Twin

(NCCHI) is utilizing drone technology to create a digital twin of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. The digital twin is a virtual replica of the physical environment, which can be used to simulate various scenarios and predict outcomes. The drones capture high-resolution images and data, which is processed using advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms. This enables the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to improve patient care, optimize resource utilization, and enhance operational efficiency. For example, the digital twin can be used to identify potential safety hazards, plan and test emergency response procedures, and optimize the layout of facilities. Overall, the use of drone technology and the creation of a digital twin has the potential to transform the way healthcare systems operate, and NCCHI is at the forefront of this innovation.

5G Healthcare Revolution

Expertise on Demand

Because of NCCHI’s collaborative work with Verizon, VA Palo Alto has become the first full spectrum 5G hospital in the world. The advanced 5G communications and data infrastructure allows us to enhance current healthcare solutions as well as develop and deploy new groundbreaking healthcare technology that would not otherwise be possible.

Training

AR and VR for Clinical Training

5G + augmented reality enables interactive virtual teaching & training. Remote groups learn and share medical insights. Dynamic 3D holographic anatomy models enhance virtual procedures. NCCHI has projects to improve medical training for students and professionals.

Guidance

AR for Procedural Guidance

3D holograms of patient scans offer virtual X-ray vision, revolutionizing surgeries. 5G's low latency enhances visual awareness for precise procedures. NCCHI and collaborators optimize this transformational tech for enhanced Veteran surgeries.

Planning

AR for Pre-Surgical Planning

5G + AR transforms diagnostic scans into interactive 3D models for optimized surgical approaches. NCCHI develops tools with industry partners for smaller incisions, faster recovery, and improved safety/outcomes.

Virtual Teleportation

Advanced tech, 5G, and creative engineering teleport users virtually. We are revolutionizing healthcare with safer patient interactions across distances.

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Experience a New Era of Connectivity

Advanced Sensor Enabled Drones for Emergent Response

5G and connected tech improve facility situational awareness. NCCHI partners with VA departments to enhance emergency response, security, and routine inspections.

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Our Publications

First Full Spectrum 5G Hospital at VA Palo Alto Health Care System Will Empower Unprecedented Care for Veterans

Assessment of a wearable fall prevention system at a veterans health administration hospital

Our Team

Thomas Osborne, M.D. - Director

Thomas Osborne, M.D.

Director

David Arreola, MCSE - Deputy Director of Operations

David Arreola, MCSE

Deputy Director of Operations

Zachary Veigulis, MS - Chief Data Scientist

Zachary Veigulis, MS

Chief Data Scientist

Ilya Vrublevskiy - Project Manager

Ilya Vrublevskiy

Project Manager

Anna Ware, MPH - Healthcare Data Scientist

Anna Ware, MPH

Healthcare Data Scientist

Terri Blumke - Healthcare Data Scientist

Terri Blumke

Healthcare Data Scientist

Peter Hoover - Healthcare Data Scientist

Peter Hoover

Healthcare Data Scientist

Brian Higgins - Innovator

Brian Higgins

Innovator

Awards

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