What is the VHA Innovation Ecosystem?

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Veteran Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem is the catalyst for enabling the discovery and spread of mission-driven health care innovation to advance care delivery and service that exceeds expectations, restores hope, and builds trust within the Veteran community.

As part of the VHA Office of Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks, the VHA Innovation Ecosystem leverages the collective power of innovation champions from across Department of Veterans Affairs, academia, and industry, fueled by four complementary portfolios.

Innovation Ecosystem Portfolios

Facilitates a culture of innovation through a network of 34 VA medical centers with embedded Innovation Specialists, focused on empowering frontline VHA employees and their ideas and building the workforce of the future.

Identifies, tests, and diffuses innovate, promising practices across VHA through a repeatable process for scaling innovation.

Engages and empowers a broader community of groups within VHA that are engaged in innovation activity and serves as the connective tissue for innovation across VHA.

Builds a collaborative innovation community external to VA with academic, industry, non-profit, and other government partners to co-develop innovative solutions that can meaningfully scale to impact Veteran care.

Drives meaningful collaborations between VHA and some of Silicon Valley’s leading technology players on scalable emerging health care solutions for Veterans.

Strategic Priorities

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Imbed innovation as a core fabric at VHA

Build a collaborative innovation community

Deliver a repeatable process for scaling innovation