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The Industry Innovation Competition is under way! Our focus is on improving mental health care for Veterans. We're interested in solutions from all types of organizations, from businesses large and small to non-profits and academic institutions. Get the details here: http://www.innovation.va.gov/industry-competition.html
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The VACI team bids farewell this week to +Jonah Czerwinski, founding Director since 2010. We’re sorry to see him go, but congrats to @TheAdvisoryBd!
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Great piece in +FedScoop by +DavidStegon about the VACI launch.
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We also announced 13 new VA innovations as part of the launch.  The team is on fire today.
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VAi2 is now the VA Center for Innovation & a more permanent part of +DeptVetAffairs! Check out our new website: www.innovation.va.gov
VA Announces New Center for Innovation. New Center builds on 3-year foundation of VAi2. The Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce the new VA Center for Innovation (VACI), building on the...
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November is American Diabetes Month, a perfect time to recognize an innovation for the nearly 25% of Veterans receiving VA care with diabetes. VACI is funding a field test of SweetSpot’s technology allowing diabetic Veterans to monitor and report their blood glucose levels to VA clinicians on an ongoing basis, which helps the care team identify emerging issues before they become acute. SweetSpot also identifies blood glucose patterns to correct behaviors with diet, medicine, exercise, etc.
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Submit your challenges now!

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VA employees are invited to identify the most important challenges that, if solved, will meaningfully increase quality, improve access, increase Veteran satisfaction, and lower costs of meeting the needs of Veterans, their dependents, and caregivers.

This year’s competition takes on a new format:

· Phase 1 – September 9 through September 16 – Challenge Identification: During this phase, all VA employees may submit, comment, and vote on the most important challenges we can solve in service to Veterans and taxpayers.

· Phase 2 – Launching late 2013 – Solution Generation: VA employees are invited to propose the best ways to solve those top challenges selected from Phase 1.

Use your VA login credentials to join the 2013 Employee Innovation Competition now. We want your ideas!
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President Bill Clinton cites +BlueButton during +HIMSS13 speech. Coverage by +ComputerWorld here:
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Here's another way to understand scope and scale of VA.
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Please check out our newly released Stakeholder Report from. The innovation team is on fire today.
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Get ready for the new VAi2.

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Using access, cost, quality, and customer satisfaction as our guideposts, VACI lowers the barrier of entry for quality innovations to support and accelerate transformation at VA.
Introduction

Secretary Shinseki created the predecessor of the Center for Innovation, the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2), in 2010 as part of his strategy for transforming VA into a 21st-century organization that is people-centric, results-driven, and forward-looking.

In its first years, VAi2 held competitions for the private sector and the VA employee population to source new ideas and innovations to solve some of the organization’s most pressing challenges. So far, six employee challenges and three industry competitions have garnered nearly 19,000 ideas, more than 135 of which were selected.

Because of the track record and momentum of VAi2, in 2012 Secretary Shinseki transitioned VA’s innovation effort from an initiative to a more permanent entity, creating VA’s Center for Innovation (VACI).

Now, VACI comprises programs and competitions that provide a forum for innovators in the federal government, academia and the private sector to test ideas and contribute solutions that increase Veterans’ access to benefits, improve the quality of services, enhance satisfaction with VA, and control the cost of delivering those services.