VHA Innovation Experience


left until 2020 VHA iEX goes virtual!


To ensure the safety of all participants during the pandemic, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Innovation Experience (iEX) is going 100% virtual this year.


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What is the VHA Innovation Experience (iEX)?

The iEX annual conference offers health care professionals from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), other government agencies, industry, and academia the opportunity to celebrate, collaborate, and promote a culture of innovation. This year, VHA iEX will showcase both employee-developed and industry-sourced innovations and practices that are sure to inform, and inspire lively discussion via the conference platform. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with presenters via live chat and in virtual exhibit booths.

What to expect

This year we have lined up an exciting list of presenters and topics. The conference will feature distinguished panelists and presenters who will bring an array of knowledge and experience to iEX.

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Carolyn Clancy, MD, MACP

Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, Veterans Health Administration .
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Mark Johnson

Senior Partner, Innosight.
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Dean Kamen

DEKA Research & Development Corporation
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Toby Redshaw

SVP Enterprise Innovation and 5G Solutions, Verizon
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Richard Stone, MD

Executive in Charge, Veterans Health Administration
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Ryan Vega, MD, MSHA

Executive Director, VHA Innovation Ecosystem, Veterans Health Administration
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iEX Talks

The VHA iEX Talk series features a TED Talk-style speaker series that will provide industry partners a platform to showcase innovations that challenge our beliefs, stir the imagination, and tell a great story. These five- to eight-minute presentations highlight ideas and practices that demonstrate real value and impact for VHA employees, academia, other industry partners, and the Veteran community. In tandem with the Changing Lives, Saving Lives campaign, these innovations are helping VHA better serve our nation’s Veterans.

Shark Tank

As part of Diffusion of Excellence, the VHA Shark Tank Competition serves as the primary vehicle for identifying and selecting field-developed, evidence-based promising practices to spread across the country. The Competition offers a unique opportunity to recognize frontline employees who are solving some of the toughest challenges across the health care system. The top 15 Finalists will pitch their field-developed solutions and compete for the chance to launch their practices at new facilities and impact Veterans nationwide. The Finalist practices represent the top 15 of the more than 400 practices submitted to the 2020 VHA Shark Tank Competition and address all seven of the 2020 VHA Shark Tank Priorities.

iEX Demos

iEX Demos celebrate the work of selected VHA frontline employees who are transforming the way VHA serves Veterans. VHA Innovators Network (iNET) Investees, Diffusion of Excellence Fellows, other VHA employee innovators, and external partners will share their experiences designing, piloting, and implementing innovations and promising practices that impact Veterans and employees across VHA.

Virtual Exhibits

Visit over 15 virtual exhibit booths and engage one-on-one with presenters and VHA partners to discuss how we can serve our Veterans nationwide.