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'Innovation Initiative' Underway for Health Records Improvements
Date:2/18/2010

Shinseki Asks VA Employees To Submit Creative Ideas

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki launched the "Veterans Health IT Innovation Initiative," an employee-based Health Information Technology (HIT) competition to spur VA's transformation into a 21st Century organization that is Veteran-centric, results-oriented, and forward-looking.  

"This competition is rooted in the simple belief that the people who work on the front lines of VA know best how to improve health care and quality, access, and transparency in service to our Nation's Veterans," said Secretary Shinseki. "At VA, we always want to look for new ways to improve the care we deliver."

From now until Feb. 28, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) government and contract employees can submit their innovative ideas, comment on ideas, and vote on ideas. One hundred of the ideas will be selected and employees will be invited to submit full proposals. 

"We're looking to bring innovation back to our Health IT systems," said Roger Baker, VA's Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology. "This initiative will tap into the incredible talent across VHA and OI&T."

The Innovation Initiative will allow employees to enter health information technology ideas in a variety of categories, such as engaging Veterans in their care, helping medical providers, increasing transparency, and improving workflow.

A series of screening panels will review the suggestions. Assistant Secretary Baker and Dr. Gerald Cross, VA's Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Health, will select the top 25 ideas.

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