VA Looks at Employee-Based Ideas to Tackle Challenges

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking at its workforce for ideas to address challenges in health care, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

The Veterans Health Administration is facing the rise of elder population, the lack of quality care providers and increasing health care costs. The department's employees have presented ideas to address these challenges at the recent Innovation Experience event in Washington, D.C.

VHA-selected submissions would serve as entries to the agency's Spark-Seed-Spread program, an effort that invests resources in employee-submitted ideas.

The agency has received over 2K ideas from VA personnel since 2015, with at least 47 entries so far having achieved a gold star status under the Diffusion of Excellence effort, the report noted.

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