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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With ‘Make-a-thon Challenge’








VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

July 21, 2015, 05:07:00 PM





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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”


Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans


 


WHO:             The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.


WHAT:          The Make-a-thon is the culmination of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, which began in May. During the Make-a-thon event, designs will be built using 3D printing technology and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans with disabilities.


WHEN:          July 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., both days.  Completed designs will be presented on the afternoon of July 29 and reviewed by Veterans and an expert panel of judges from VA, Google.org, General Electric and Toyota.


WHERE:       Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224


BACKGROUND:


 During the event, participants will be given prototyping equipment, along with mentoring from technical experts and Veterans to help co-design and develop their ideas. Event collaborators, including America Makes and Stratasys, will supply 3D printers, which will allow for onsite device manufacture and empower teams to easily develop, test and refine designs with Veterans’ input. One feature of note will be the Girls’ Lounge Experience, which will highlight female Veterans, scientists, technologists and engineers. Personalized prosthetics will be made specifically to suit the needs of female Veterans. 


Two of the challenges VA is soliciting design assistance to solve is the creation of a medication pillbox that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to eight times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken and a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for Veterans with upper extremity injuries.


Information about the VA Innovation Creation Series may be found at www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.  To register for the event, visit http://vainnovationcreation.eventbrite.com


Media interested in interviews or attending the event should RSVP to


Gina Jackson – Gina.jackson2@va.gov or Darlene Edwards – Darlene.Edwards@va.gov.


Portions of the event will be available for viewing via livestream at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/va-innovation-creation-series-make-a-thon


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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care








VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

July 13, 2015, 01:54:00 PM





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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.


“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.


The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here: 


 Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.


*   Updated 7/20/15.  Information inadvertently included in an earlier version has been updated.




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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With ‘Make-a-thon Challenge’








VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

July 21, 2015, 05:07:00 PM





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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”


Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans


 


WHO:             The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.


WHAT:          The Make-a-thon is the culmination of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, which began in May. During the Make-a-thon event, designs will be built using 3D printing technology and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans with disabilities.


WHEN:          July 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., both days.  Completed designs will be presented on the afternoon of July 29 and reviewed by Veterans and an expert panel of judges from VA, Google.org, General Electric and Toyota.


WHERE:       Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224


BACKGROUND:


 During the event, participants will be given prototyping equipment, along with mentoring from technical experts and Veterans to help co-design and develop their ideas. Event collaborators, including America Makes and Stratasys, will supply 3D printers, which will allow for onsite device manufacture and empower teams to easily develop, test and refine designs with Veterans’ input. One feature of note will be the Girls’ Lounge Experience, which will highlight female Veterans, scientists, technologists and engineers. Personalized prosthetics will be made specifically to suit the needs of female Veterans. 


Two of the challenges VA is soliciting design assistance to solve is the creation of a medication pillbox that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to eight times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken and a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for Veterans with upper extremity injuries.


Information about the VA Innovation Creation Series may be found at www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.  To register for the event, visit http://vainnovationcreation.eventbrite.com


Media interested in interviews or attending the event should RSVP to


Gina Jackson – Gina.jackson2@va.gov or Darlene Edwards – Darlene.Edwards@va.gov.


Portions of the event will be available for viewing via livestream at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/va-innovation-creation-series-make-a-thon


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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care








VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

July 13, 2015, 01:54:00 PM





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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.


“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.


The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here: 


 Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.


*   Updated 7/20/15.  Information inadvertently included in an earlier version has been updated.




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2015 VA Walk & Roll Sees Growth

A Veteran wearing a sea captain's hat salutes while rolling his motorized wheelchair among others walking around him

More than 23,000 Veterans and VA employees nationwide walked a two kilometer course for homeless Veterans, raising more than $325,000 in donations.

More than 23,500 VA employees, Veterans and community members recently teamed up to generate donations worth more than $325,600 in items such as clothing, toiletry items, food and water for homeless Veterans, during VA‘s fifth annual 2K Walk & Roll.

In addition to helping homeless Veterans, the event also promotes personal health. Since 2010 the annual event has helped generate more than $1.34 million worth of donated items.

“All donations are of course optional, but VA2K participants are provided with a list of suggested donation items that are appropriate to their location,” said Sandra Schmunk, program manager for the Veteran Health Administration‘s Employee Health Promotion, Disease and Impairment Prevention group.

VA2K is a 2-kilometer (1.24 mile) walk and roll, and this year the event was held at 211 VA locations nationwide, up from 170 in 2014. VA personnel in VA Central Office in Washington, D.C., the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration participated in the event.

“The VA2K began as a way to encourage safe, effective physical activity in employees and Veterans. A 2K can be completed in 15-20 minutes, certainly doable during the workday as a break,” Schmunk said.

She added that walking is one of the safest and easiest forms of exercise that most people can take part in, either walking or rolling using a wheelchair. “You don‘t need to go to a gym, or have special equipment, other than good shoes,” Schmunk said.

See photos of this year’s VA2K on Flickr.

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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With ‘Make-a-thon Challenge’








VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

July 21, 2015, 05:07:00 PM





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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”


Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans


 


WHO:             The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.


WHAT:          The Make-a-thon is the culmination of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, which began in May. During the Make-a-thon event, designs will be built using 3D printing technology and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans with disabilities.


WHEN:          July 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., both days.  Completed designs will be presented on the afternoon of July 29 and reviewed by Veterans and an expert panel of judges from VA, Google.org, General Electric and Toyota.


WHERE:       Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224


BACKGROUND:


 During the event, participants will be given prototyping equipment, along with mentoring from technical experts and Veterans to help co-design and develop their ideas. Event collaborators, including America Makes and Stratasys, will supply 3D printers, which will allow for onsite device manufacture and empower teams to easily develop, test and refine designs with Veterans’ input. One feature of note will be the Girls’ Lounge Experience, which will highlight female Veterans, scientists, technologists and engineers. Personalized prosthetics will be made specifically to suit the needs of female Veterans. 


Two of the challenges VA is soliciting design assistance to solve is the creation of a medication pillbox that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to eight times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken and a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for Veterans with upper extremity injuries.


Information about the VA Innovation Creation Series may be found at www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.  To register for the event, visit http://vainnovationcreation.eventbrite.com


Media interested in interviews or attending the event should RSVP to


Gina Jackson – Gina.jackson2@va.gov or Darlene Edwards – Darlene.Edwards@va.gov.


Portions of the event will be available for viewing via livestream at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/va-innovation-creation-series-make-a-thon


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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care








VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

July 13, 2015, 01:54:00 PM





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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.


“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.


The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here: 


 Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.


*   Updated 7/20/15.  Information inadvertently included in an earlier version has been updated.




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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With ‘Make-a-thon Challenge’








VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

July 21, 2015, 04:32:00 PM





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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”


Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans


 


WHO:             The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.


WHAT:          The Make-a-thon is the culmination of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, which began in May. During the Make-a-thon event, designs will be built using 3D printing technology and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans with disabilities.


WHEN:          July 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., both days.  Completed designs will be presented on the afternoon of July 29 and reviewed by Veterans and an expert panel of judges from VA, Google.org, General Electric and Toyota.


WHERE:       Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224


BACKGROUND:


 During the event, participants will be given prototyping equipment, along with mentoring from technical experts and Veterans to help co-design and develop their ideas. Event collaborators, including America Makes and Stratasys, will supply 3D printers, which will allow for onsite device manufacture and empower teams to easily develop, test and refine designs with Veterans’ input. One feature of note will be the Girls’ Lounge Experience, which will highlight female Veterans, scientists, technologists and engineers. Personalized prosthetics will be made specifically to suit the needs of female Veterans. 


Two of the challenges VA is soliciting design assistance to solve is the creation of a medication pillbox that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to eight times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken and a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for Veterans with upper extremity injuries.


Information about the VA Innovation Creation Series may be found at www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.  To register for the event, visit http://vainnovationcreation.eventbrite.com


Media interested in interviews or attending the event should RSVP to


Gina Jackson – Gina.jackson2@va.gov or Darlene Edwards – Darlene.Edwards@va.gov.


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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care








VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care

July 13, 2015, 01:54:00 PM





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VA Urges Congress to Act And Transfer Funds for Veterans’ Care


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.


“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.


The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here: 


 Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.


*   Updated 7/20/15.  Information inadvertently included in an earlier version has been updated.




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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With ‘Make-a-thon Challenge’








VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”

July 21, 2015, 04:32:00 PM





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VA Ends Innovation Creation Series With “Make-a-thon Challenge”


Finale Showcases New Prosthetics Technologies For Veterans


 


WHO:             The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will host a Make-a-thon challenge, which is 2-day event aimed at accelerating the development of personalized technologies to improve care and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities. The challenge brings together designers, makers, technology industry leaders and Veterans.


WHAT:          The Make-a-thon is the culmination of VA’s Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies, which began in May. During the Make-a-thon event, designs will be built using 3D printing technology and tested to showcase how they meet the needs of Veterans with disabilities.


WHEN:          July 28-29 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., both days.  Completed designs will be presented on the afternoon of July 29 and reviewed by Veterans and an expert panel of judges from VA, Google.org, General Electric and Toyota.


WHERE:       Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224


BACKGROUND:


 During the event, participants will be given prototyping equipment, along with mentoring from technical experts and Veterans to help co-design and develop their ideas. Event collaborators, including America Makes and Stratasys, will supply 3D printers, which will allow for onsite device manufacture and empower teams to easily develop, test and refine designs with Veterans’ input. One feature of note will be the Girls’ Lounge Experience, which will highlight female Veterans, scientists, technologists and engineers. Personalized prosthetics will be made specifically to suit the needs of female Veterans. 


Two of the challenges VA is soliciting design assistance to solve is the creation of a medication pillbox that allows the flexibility to hold medications that need to be taken up to eight times a day with a reminder system for each time medication needs to be taken and a device to remotely change the speed and grip strength of a prosthetic device for Veterans with upper extremity injuries.


Information about the VA Innovation Creation Series may be found at www.innovation.va.gov/challenge/.  To register for the event, visit http://vainnovationcreation.eventbrite.com


Media interested in interviews or attending the event should RSVP to


Gina Jackson – Gina.jackson2@va.gov or Darlene Edwards – Darlene.Edwards@va.gov.


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