Federal News Radio: How the VHA innovators network is turning ‘changing narrative’ of complacency

“The agency whose employees once developed the nicotine patch and invented the cardiac pacemaker has a long history of medical research.”

“But the Veterans Affairs Department says, despite the common perception that it’s shrouded in bureaucracy and red tape, innovation is still happening at the VA. In fact, it’s thriving.”

“Pamela Bellino, a patient safety manager at the VA Boston Healthcare System, is making intranasal nalozone, a drug that essentially reverses opioid overdoses, easily accessible in hospitals.”

“VA Puget Sound Radiologist Beth Ripley is uncovering new uses for 3D printing, which is helping surgeons better prepare and plan for major procedures…”

“These employees and others got a standing ovation from their peers at the Veterans Health Administration’s multi-day innovation experience event in Washington last month. About 85 front-line VHA staff members presented their ideas and…” Read the full article here.

Source: How the VHA innovators network is turning ‘changing narrative’ of complacency – By Nicole Ogrysko, September 7, 2018. Federal News Radio.

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