The VHA Innovators Network consists of VA workers who design revolutionary options to improve the method VA delivers care to Veterans. It’s referred to as iNET and is positioned at 34 VA services. VA workers in the program work on issues they and their Veterans expertise firsthand.
It promotes a tradition all through VA that develops an revolutionary workforce to face challenges head-on to improve the method VA delivers care to its nation’s Veterans. Creating alternatives for VA workers to handle frontline challenges and switch concepts into actuality is one piece of what iNET does finest.
The Network identifies deeply dedicated workers through an thought competitors (Spark-Seed-Spread), then trains them to design in a different way as they develop and implement revolutionary options that improve Veteran well being care.
Bootcamp kicks off innovation journey
Each yr, a brand new group of workers kick-off their innovation journey by attending Accelerator Bootcamp, which happened nearly this yr in November.
During this three-day occasion, greater than 100 worker innovators had the probability to get to know each other, study the fundamentals of iNET, and study what the upcoming yr will appear to be.
Bootcamp attendees discovered the concepts they are going to be uncovered to and relationships they’ll create. This assists them in launching, refining, and rising their particular mission; it gives them with new instruments to be used all through their profession – embracing the ongoing, eternal spirit of true innovation.
The attendees additionally had the privilege to hear instantly from Dr. Carolyn Clancy, the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for the Office of Discovery, Education and Affiliate Networks, whose inspiring welcome was adopted by an professional management panel from the Office of Healthcare Innovation & Learning.
The attendees had been additionally in a position to hear from Aspen Labs, the firm partnering with iNET to placed on the Innovation Accelerator Program for the upcoming fiscal yr.
Learning from the Veteran’s perspective
At the occasion, the attendees mentioned the issues they’re working to remedy and the way to study extra deeply about the drawback from the Veterans’ perspective for whom they’re designing options.
“There are so many bold folks with unbelievable concepts working in VHA,” mentioned one attendee.
“There are numerous good concepts being introduced ahead by individuals who need to improve service to Veterans,” mentioned one other.
Additional suggestions confirmed how keen they’re to proceed networking and connecting with each other, to not solely proceed to encourage each other, however to pool assets to make large impacts as they construct the way forward for Veteran care.
iNET’s mission is to lead the cultural revolution by which revolutionary considering and doing can lead to infinite prospects.