Innovation at the VA
Innovation is a conduit for imagining a new world and, in the context of health care, redefining excellence. This sentiment has long permeated the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Innovation enables us to execute our mission and deliver health care to Veterans in exceptional ways. Innovative VHA solutions like 3D Printing, the Initiative to End Diabetic Limb Loss at VA, and Project CONVERGENCE are improving the delivery of customized solutions to Veterans and enabling the exploration of future health care solutions. So, how do we do it? The answer lies in creating a culture that harnesses a willingness to experiment. Innovation enables frontline staff to take calculated risks, fail early and smart, and methodically test assumptions. These principles create a culture of agility and team learning, aligned with VHA’s goal of becoming a learning organization. By embracing this mindset, we’ve delivered landmark solutions that meet unique Veteran challenges that have not only redefined Veteran-care, but health care around the globe. It is precisely this ability to continually innovate that allows VHA to remain the preferred choice of Veterans.
Why is VHA Innovation Ecosystem collaborating with the Catalyst program?
Why should you, a VA provider, become a Catalyst Fellow?
You are intimately aware of high priority challenges, needs, and opportunities, which means you are well positioned to influence impactful changes.
You have the opportunity to:
Enhance your career
You can strengthen your communication skills to work more effectively with business and industry leaders, gain confidence in engaging on cross-disciplinary teams (with engineers, researchers, and improvement advisors), and contribute to creation of intellectual property.
Consider the commercial possibilities of improving patient outcomes and institutional effectiveness
In this program, you will work with teams of engineers, scientists, and other clinicians to identify, validate, and create a path to implementation for technologies and processes that create solutions in healthcare delivery.
Expand your personal horizon
You will exercise entrepreneurial thinking and increase comfort with ambiguity. Validated projects have the potential to significantly impact healthcare. You might even create and lead a company, as Catalyst Fellows have done in the past and are doing now.
Your commitment to Catalyst
If accepted, your commitment will be supported by the VHA Innovation Ecosystem with salary and protected time.
Time commitment is 10-12 hours per week
Weekly sessions: Mondays from 10am to 1pm EST
January 4 to June 28, 2021
Director and Site Coordinators
Suzanne Shirley, LCSW
Director, Fellowships & Community Engagement
VHA Innovation Ecosystem
Indra Sandal, PhD, MBA
Memphis VA Medical Center
VA Boston Healthcare System
Stephen A. Weaver, MS, RN-BC
Research Nurse Study Coordinator, Informatics Nurse Specialist
Salt Lake City VA Medical Center