Diffusion of Excellence
Borrowing from start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, the VA launched The Diffusion of Excellence Initiative in 2015 to engage, encourage and support employees to solve VA's most pressing challenges.
The Diffusion of Excellence Initiative helps to identify and disseminate clinical and administrative best practices through a learning environment that empowers its top performers to apply their innovative ideas throughout the system — further establishing VA as a leader in health care while promoting positive outcomes for Veterans.
VHA Innovation Experience
Join us at the National Press Club on August 29-30 to learn how VA is redefining Veteran care! We welcome you to attend the 2018 VHA Innovation Experience (VHA I:E). This two-day session will highlight Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees who are committed to transforming the way the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) serves our nation’s heroes. This series of events includes VHA Innovation Demo Day, a poster networking reception, VHA I:E Talks, and Shark Tank Live!
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2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition
Congratulations to the 2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition Finalists!
The Diffusion of Excellence Team is pleased to announce the 2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition Finalists! Program office leaders evaluated 100 competitive Semifinalist applications and selected 20 Finalists who will advance to pitch their practices to Medical Center and VISN Director Sharks in the 2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition on August 30, 2018.
Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the Finalists! For more information on the Finalist practices or how to watch the live VHA Shark Tank Competition on August 30, please monitor the Diffusion of Excellence VA Pulse page for updates in the coming weeks.
2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition Finalists
|VISN 2||James J. Peters VA Medical Center||Project Life Force- novel group suicide safety planning intervention||Marianne Goodman|
|VISN 4||Philadelphia VA Medical Center||Better Health, Lower Cost: How IMPaCT Community Health Workers Can Support Veterans||Judith Long|
|VISN 6||Durham VA Medical Center||Advanced Comprehensive Diabetes Care (ACDC)||Matthew Crowley|
|VISN 6||Durham VA Medical Center||COACH - Caring for Older Adults and Caregivers at Home||Judith Davagnino|
|VISN 6||Durham VA Medical Center||Gerofit||Miriam Morey|
|VISN 6||Durham VA Medical Center||Getting Hospitalized Veterans Back on Their Feet: The STRIDE Program||Susan N. Hastings|
|VISN 6||Salem VA Medical Center||LEAF & Clinic Action Requests||Brian Campbell|
|VISN 7||Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center||Utilizing Machine Learning to Audit and Impact Prescription Benefit Decisions||Cory Fominaya|
|VISN 8||James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital||Hypertension Management via Virtual Visits||Margaret Carrico|
|VISN 8||Malcom Randall VAMC - North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System||Community Care Consult Document Solution||Andrea Pe Benito|
|VISN 9||Memphis VA Medical Center||Reducing Concomitant Utilization of Opioids and Benzodiazepines||Josh Sullivan|
|VISN 12||Tomah VA Medical Center||RN Stay Interviews: A Nursing Turnover Strategy||Karen Long|
|VISN 12||William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital||Reducing COPD Readmission Rates by Improving Transitions of Care through an Interprofessional Primary Care Team||Edward Portillo|
|VISN 12||William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital||Safe and Successful Implementation of Clinically Indicated Peripheral IV Removal||Heather Royer|
|VISN 17||VA North Texas Health Care System Dallas VA Medical Center||Enhanced Recovery after Surgery with the Use of Liposomal Bupivacaine in Total Knee Replacement||John Martell|
|VISN 20||Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center||Nursing Professional Standards Board (NPSB) Electronic Process||Jennifer Calkins|
|VISN 20||VA Puget Sound Health Care System||Consolidating Cataract Refe||Hoon Jung|
|VISN 20||VA Puget Sound Health Care System||Environmental Management Service||Ricardo Rucker|
|VISN 22||VA San Diego Healthcare System||Improving Audiology Same Day Access Using Hearing Aid Drop-off Process||Kristen Dockan|
|VISN 22||VISN 22: Desert Pacific Healthcare Network||4-Sight: Automated Eyeglass Ordering for Prosthetics||David Hook|
Identify and scale innovations across Veterans Health Administration (VHA) while:
to promote innovation sharing and drive a culture of continuous improvement
Institutionalizing processes and mechanisms
for VHA to systematically diffuse and implement promising practices throughout the system
Model for Spreading Best Practices
- Identify Promising Practices
Solicit practices from frontline employees, and engage staff at all levels to evaluate them
- Find Champions
Medical center directors select local champions to serve as early adopters to help identify best practices through competitions like a virtual "shark tank"
- Adapt and Replicate
Leverage VA Innovators Network and VHA Innovations Program as catalysts to engage field staff and leaders during replication
- Establish Consistency and Standardize
With national program office leader support, select the best innovative ideas and practices and positions them for tiered scaling or national rollout
- Sustain and Improve
Establish a centralized operations center to manage and track outcomes in parallel with implementation
- What's the forecast for VA innovation in 2018?
- Faith-Based Organizations and Suicide
- Tuscaloosa VA Adopts Best Practice
- VHA Innovation Ecosystem (VHA:IE) — Episode 1: Preventing Suicide in our Nation's Heros
- New best practices are being implemented across VA following "Shark Tank" competition
- VHA Excellence in Health Care Part II: Diffusion of Excellence
- New program allows VA staff to make house calls for Veterans who return home after inpatient mental health care
Diffusion Projects Across the U.S.
Gold Status Practices