VHA State of Innovation Report 2020
Through this report, you will learn about innovation across VHA today, and the exciting ways gamechangers are adapting to meet current and future challenges patients and their health care providers may face. We invite you to celebrate the work our innovators have accomplished.
Operationalizing Innovation in Healthcare
Executive Director Ryan Vega and former VHA Undersecretary of Health Ken Kizer write in the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst about the lack of an operating model for healthcare innovation, and the foundations upon which one can be built going forward.
VA wins Gear’s of Government President’s Award.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it received the highest level of distinction within the Gears of Government President’s Award program for innovations developed and led by the VHA Innovation Ecosystem
VA Ventures Launches
VA Ventures — established June 15, 2020 — is the newest Center for Innovation to Impact, formed in partnership with the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE). VA Ventures will operate as an innovation incubator designed to promote early collaboration between VA, academia, start-ups and industry.Learn More
Establishing a Foundation for Innovation
VHA IE delivers four critical elements needed to create a foundation for operationalizing innovation in a health care setting
Workforce Capacity to Actualize Innovation:
Investing in VHA employees to give them the tools and skillsets needed to bring innovative ideas to fruition
Resilient Organizational Infrastructure:
Institutionalizing innovation through integrated, systematic, repeatable pathways for change
Shifting the mindset to envision innovation as everyone’s responsibility to improve service delivery and create a better new normal
Strategic External Partnerships and Collaborations :
Innovation cannot be realized in isolation and requires novel, cross-industry partnerships that surface novel ideas and help catalyze a shift in the status-quo
VHA IE delivers innovative solutions today through four core portfolios
Facilitates a culture of innovation through a network of 33 VA medical centers with embedded Innovation Specialists who are 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
Aim to foster collaboration between both internal and external partners and select, local VA medical centers to address VHA’s most pressing healthcare challenges
Builds a collaborative innovation community with academic, industry, non-profit, and other government partners to co-develop innovative solutions that can meaningfully scale to impact Veteran care