by Mohamed Elawad

The Department of Veterans of Affairs (VA) has just launched its third Industry Innovation Competition. Part of the VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2), it is a $50 million program aimed VA employees, industry leaders, start-ups, non-profits, and universities in order to find the best newinnovations to advance the performance of the VA.

The competition will identify, test and evaluate innovations that enhance the accessibility, quality of care and services delivered to Veterans through four key areas of significance to the VA:

  • Enhance Maternity Continuity of Care
  • Redesign the PTSD Treatment Experience
  • Create Mobile Applications for Benefits Information and Services
  • Prevent and Treat Pressure Ulcers

“VA has established a track record as an innovative organization that welcomes new ideas,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “This competition represents an important way for us to tap the significant pool of talent and expertise outside of government to improve care and services for our Nation’s Veterans, their families and survivors.”

Almost 600 private sector proposals came through the private sector during the first two competitions. A portfolio of 135 innovation products exists across several VA lines of business, out of which 35 are currently being implemented.

For more detailed information on the 2012 VAi2 Industry Innovation Competition click here.