Tuesday, February 15, 2011

VA Announces 2011 Industry Innovation Competition

$100 Million for Innovations to Improve Health Care Quality for Veterans

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced the opening of the 2011 Industry Innovation Competition to identify, fund and evaluate promising innovative technology proposals to improve the quality of health care for Veterans.

“VA has a long history of being an innovator and early adopter of health technology,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This competition continues that legacy and provides VA with a powerful tool to utilize the best and brightest within the industry to improve care and services for our Nation’s Veterans, their families and survivors.”

This competition is part of VA’s Innovation Initiative (VAi2), a department-wide program that solicits the most promising innovations from employees, the private sector, non-profits, and academia to increase Veterans’ access to VA services, improve the quality of services delivered, enhance the performance of VA operations, and reduce or control the cost of delivering those services. Up to $100 million in awards could be made in this innovation competition.



“VAi2 offers a unique opportunity to tap the talent and innovative power of the private sector,” said Jonah Czerwinski, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of VAi2. “The 2011 Industry Innovation Competition builds on the momentum established in 2010 by challenging industry and academia in five new areas.”

Public and private companies, entrepreneurs, universities and non-profits are encouraged to propose new ways to:

· Leverage telemedicine solutions to provide audiology services to Veterans who live far from medical centers
· Create and implement enhancements or novel uses of VA’s “Blue Button” personal health record
· Design innovative prosthetic socket designs to improve the fit and comfort of prosthetics
· Fully automate sterilization of medical equipment
· Empower Veterans with Self-Management Technologies for Vocational Rehabilitation

This is the second Industry Competition launched by VAi2. Awards from the 2010 competition are being announced on a rolling basis as contracts are finalized. For more about VAi2 please visit www.va.gov/vai2. Please go to www.FedBizOpps.gov to learn more about federal opportunities for businesses under the VAi2 program.

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