What is the VHA Innovation Ecosystem?

Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE) 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.

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Creating a Repeatable Process for Innovation

VHA IE created a repeatable pathway to support the entire lifecycle of innovation, from discovery through delivery

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Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators

Fast Company’s Best Workplaces for Innovators celebrates companies that are successfully fostering cultures of innovation and empowering employees at all levels to improve processes, create new products, or invent new ways of doing business. In August of 2021, VHA IE made the 2021 Best Workplaces for Innovators list for its ability to foster and operationalize innovation, build workforce capacity, and impact Veteran lives.

VHA IE was recognized for multiple innovations and projects that impacted services for Veterans at VA hospitals nationwide, its ability to creatively adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, its programmatic elements that help to cultivate a culture of innovation within VHA, and its ground-up approach to advancing innovation through frontline employees. By cultivating critical capabilities to operationalize innovation in a health care setting, VHA IE has:

  • Engaged more than 150 VA facilities in identifying and scaling innovation
  • Trained over 25,000 employees in innovation competencies and implementation methods
  • Impacted more than 1 million Veterans with innovations developed through VHA IE
  • Avoided over $40 million in unnecessary costs through the innovations and practices advanced by VHA IE