Through Diffusion of Excellence (DoE), VA employees have the power to lead frontline-driven innovation that improves experiences for the Veteran community. DoE’s flagship program, the VHA Shark Tank Competition, offers VA employees the opportunity to share practices that address clinical and operational priorities to improve the Veteran care experience. The program has already impacted the lives of over 100,000 Veterans at more than 150 VA facilities across the country.
Kicking off the countdown to the VHA Innovation Experience
To date, the Competition has identified 47 practices that are impacting Veterans’ lives every day. This year, 15 finalists have been selected to compete during the VHA Innovation Experience (iEx) for the chance to launch their solutions at new facilities and impact Veterans nationwide. Proposed practices address key VA priorities (Access, High Reliability, and Veteran Experience) and include solutions related to suicide prevention, Parkinson’s Disease, teledentistry, and other issues affecting Veterans’ lives.
Finalists will pitch their practices to both Network and VA Medical Center Director Sharks at the Competition. In just two minutes, they will have to demonstrate how their practice makes a difference, what it takes to implement, and – most importantly – why the Sharks should choose their practice. As the Sharks learn about each practice, they will bid resources – such as equipment, staff, or time – to win the chance to implement the practice in their facility or VISN.
Join us in counting down to iEx and stay tuned for more information on how to watch this year’s VHA Shark Tank Competition live on Oct. 22 and learn more about how these practices are changing and saving Veteran lives.