What is Spark-Seed-Spread?
The goal of Spark-Seed-Spread is to identify and accelerate employee-inspired innovations to improve health care experiences for Veterans, families, caregivers, and employees. The Spark-Seed-Spread Program’s three levels of investment are based on the maturity of the employee’s innovative solution:
- Spark: Projects in the ideation stage. Supports the development of an initial prototype.
- Seed: Projects in early-stage development. Supports the implementation of a pilot to verify feasibility of the initial prototype.
- Spread: Projects in the feasibility confirmation stage. Supports the implementation of multi-site pilots to support the solution's value and feasibility while taking different variables into account.
Automated Email Notification System (AENS)
The Automatic Email Notification System (AENS) is a push system for consult management
that allows users to access their priority consult data through an automated
email-system that delivers a link direct to data specific to each user. The system is
set up by clinical stop code so that only users responsible for a specific stop code
receive an email notifications and only when consults fall outside the national
timeframes. AENS originated from the Lexington VA Medical Center and is now available at
100 sites throughout the VA health care system.