The first VHA Innovation Experience (I:E) in 2018 brought together VA leaders and employees, private industry, and government partners to celebrate how VA innovation is changing and saving Veteran lives through a commitment to innovation and transformation. With more than 80 programs and practices showcased, I:E participants experienced how innovative solutions designed by Veterans Health Administration (VHA) frontline employees are directly affecting Veterans. 2019’s I:E promises to be even more exciting and impactful.
The second annual I:E occurs Oct. 22-23, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and will combine popular elements from last year with a full slate of new and cutting edge programs at this year’s event. I:E is open to all who want to attend in person and will be live-streamed over the entirety of the two-day event. VHA employees (innovators) from across the country will present the “best of the best” in VA innovative thinking and projects through multiple VHA Innovation Ecosystem programs, including the VHA Innovators Network and VHA Diffusion of Excellence. I:E participants will experience first-hand how the VHA Innovators Network is embedding innovation as a core fabric within VHA and building collaborative innovation communities; while Diffusion of Excellence supports the implementation of national best practices. Participants will be able to interact with many of the innovations through demonstrations and performances.
“This is a chance for all our employees, out there doing incredible work through the Innovation Ecosystem, to demonstrate innovation in action, and ultimately, how VHA is changing and saving Veterans lives,” said Dr. Ryan Vega, Director, VHA Innovation Ecosystem. “VHA is at the forefront and leading change in health care and this is a chance for both Veterans and the public to see what and how we’re doing it and the impact we’re achieving.”
While the I:E schedule is still being finalized, it will include the aforementioned demonstrations by VHA employee innovators (Demo Day), VHA I:E Talks, a discussion with Vijay Govindaraja on the The Three Box Solution strategy for leading innovation, special topic panels consisting of VA and industry leaders, and the live conclusion of VHA Shark Tank 2019!
Stay tuned for more information on the full scope of I:E activities leading up to Oct. 22 to 23. Registration for the event will be available in the coming months along with more information on presenters, performances, and keynotes.
Stay up to date, and be sure to register as soon as possible via VHA Innovation Ecosystem on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t forget to sign up for the VHA Innovation Ecosystem emailer to stay updated on all VHA innovation activities.
See you in October!