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Memphis VA Medical Center

 

VHA Innovators Network

VHA Innovators Network

VHA Innovators Network

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The Veterans Health Administration Innovators Network (iNET) launched in 2015 to build and empower a community of VHA employees who actively move the Department of Veterans Affairs forward using innovation to better serve Veterans and their families. iNET takes a ground up approach by using the first-hand knowledge of frontline employees to identify some of VA’s greatest challenges and to develop both Veteran and employee-centric solutions.

The Network supplies VHA with a cadre of highly trained “Innovation Specialists” and provides them with the necessary tools and resources to understand on-the-ground challenges and support innovation at their facilities. With dedicated staff at 34 sites, the Network offers an interactive environment for VHA employees to test new ideas with the mission to transform Veteran care.

iNET:
  • Serves as a creative space for VA employees to test new ideas and join forces with stakeholders across the Veteran community to improve the way VA serves Veterans

  • Encourages and invests in employees who wish to recognize and address the system’s greatest challenges

  • Provides employees with the training and resources to bring their innovative ideas to life


VHA Innovation Ecosystem celebrated Veterans Health Administration Innovation Experience (iEX) for the accomplishments of employee innovators and the impact their solutions are having on veterans and employees nationwide in National Press Club, Washington DC from Oct 21-23rd, 2019. Over the two-day event, 100 employee innovators told the stories of how their innovations are delivering world-class care to all veterans. Every story detailed the innovator’s purpose, their purpose, their passion, and their commitment to designing, implementing, and disseminating life-changing practice across the health care system.

 
Memphis VHA Innovation Team

From Left to right: Medical Center Director David K. Dunning, Bob Brooks (GPM), LeeAnne Overall (EA), Tiffany Truehill (Dietitian), Leigh Keough (Clinical Pharmacist), Amanda Gillion (Clinical Pharmacist), Linda Martorano (Utilization management) and Indra Sandal (Innovation Specialist). 

Our Memphis VAMC team participated in the VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) event.  We presented five innovative projects from pharmacy, nutrition, women’s health, homeless program and mental health services. Our Medical Center Director had fireside chat with keynote speaker Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, author of book, ‘The three Box Solution- A strategy for leading Innovation’. The event is in the link below.

iEx Presentations: https://tinyurl.com/VHAiEx 

State of Innovation Report: https://www.va.gov/INNOVATIONECOSYSTEM/views/solutions/vha-state-of-innovation.html 


VHA Shark Tank Competition

From Left to right: Medical Center Director David K. Dunning and Innovation Specialist, Dr. Indra Sandal.

VHA Shark Tank Competition in VHA Innovation Experience in Washington DC, Oct 22-23rd, 2019. Memphis VA won the bid for best practice “Geriatric Emergency room innovations for Veterans (Geri-Vet), to implement from Cleveland VAMC.


Fireside chat with keynote speaker Dr. Vijay Govindarajan

Left to right: Brynn Cole, Director of Programming, VHA Innovators Network, Medical Center Director David K. Dunning and Dr. Vijay Govindarajan.

Fireside chat with keynote speaker Dr. Vijay Govindarajan, author of book, ‘The three Box Solution- A strategy for leading Innovation’ in Washington DC, Oct 22-23rd, 2019.


Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp, 2020
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Innovators Network (iNET) kicked off the FY20 Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp from Nov 19-21 in Washington DC to train and inspire Spark-Seed-Spread Investees from across the country in a unique innovation curriculum created by a new public-private partnership between VHA and Fed Tech. Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp helps to empower staff with a crash course in the foundational theories behind iNET, tools to help them pitch their ideas and an understanding of how to direct a successful project, weaves and reinforces innovation into the fabric of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Memphis VA employees whose projects are funded by VHA Innovators Network in FY2020 also participated in bootcamp. The name of the employees and their projects are:

  • Tele lactation Program from Nutrition and Food Services and Women’s Health- Brooklyn Giovannetti

  • Wage Grade Work Force Development Initiatives from Nutrition and Food Services- Tiffany Truehill

  • Beta Lactam Allergy Assessments: Saving lives one assessment at a time from Pharmacy- Amanda Gillion

  • VA-Rural Health Uber Care (V-R-Ur-Care) from Office of Director- Indra Sandal


Innovation Accelerator Bootcamp, 2020

Left to right: Tiffany Truehill (Dietitian), Indra Sandal (Innovation Specialist), Jessica Bennett (Pharmacy Specialist) and Brooklyn Giovannetti (Lactation Specialist)

If you are interested to learn more about Memphis VA Innovation Program and VHA Innovation Community; and ready to convert your idea into action, please email our Innovation Specialist  Dr. Indra Sandal for one on one brainstorming session at indra.sandal@va.gov 

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