Fellows Expand Americans' Access to Their Health Records
VAi2 is hosting two members of the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. The program invites top innovators from outside government to collaborate on solutions that deliver significant results in six months.
Henry Wei and Matt McCall lead the Blue Button® for America project, working with the private sector to spread the implementation of personal health records and help people use their own data to improve their health and health care.
Contest to Develop Mobile Platform for Homeless Veterans Generates Early Returns
In March, VAi2 launched Project REACH with HUD, HHS, and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to put information about local homelessness resources into the hands of people who can help others in need. We're excited to announce the five finalists.
Now get ready for phase two: Beta test at the JBJ Soul Kitchen!
Third Competition Targets New Set of Challenges
VAi2 invites industry leaders, start-ups, non-profits, and universities to submit their ideas to improve health care and services for Veterans. Awards may total up to $50 million.
The deadline to submit concept papers is May 29, 2012. VAi2 will host an informational webinar on April 10 covering the topic areas and the process for submission and evaluation.
President Recognizes VAi2 Innovation
As part of President Obama’s "Winning the Future" initiative, VAi2 2010 awardee VETransfer was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House for its leadership in mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs building successful businesses. Less than a year since its launch as the first business incubator focused on helping Veteran entrepreneurs start up businesses, more than 200 Veteran-owned ventures are thriving in the VETransfer pipeline.
VAi2-Sponsored Challenge Connects Veterans' Skills to Jobs
VAi2 has named three finalists in its Badges for Vets contest: The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers; TopCoder, an international IT systems company; and Western Governors University, sponsored by the governors of 19 states.
These finalists will compete to deliver the first and the best implementation of Badges to recognize military training and experience to help Vets find jobs or finish their degrees.
Welcome to VAi2, the flagship Open Government initiative for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—a 300,000-person organization executing a single mission: serving those who served. VAi2 creates opportunities for the Department to test new ideas from industry, VA employees, and academia. Our focus is on improving access, quality, cost, and satisfaction throughout the Department.
VAi2 pursues this goal in three ways: employee competitions, industry competitions, and special projects. This allows us to tap into rich sources of innovation while remaining flexible to capture new opportunities.
On March 29, Secretary Shinseki announced the 2012 VAi2 Industry Innovation Competition with up to $50 million in potential awards. This competition is designed to give the Department a structured way to identify, fund, and evaluate promising new solutions in four key topic areas.
VA encourages submissions from all parts of the private sector—established companies, start-ups, non-profits, and academia. The deadline for submission is May 29, 2012.
The four topics for 2012 are:
Maternity Continuity of Care
Redesign of the PTSD Treatment Experience
Mobile Applications for eBenefits
Innovations in Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers