Three of the six awards presented last week in the Industry Innovation Competition sponsored by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department went to companies and not-for-profit organizations developing healthcare information technology applications.
VA honors health IT innovators
DSS, Juno Beach, Fla., and TheraDoc, Salt Lake City, were honored for a pilot program at five VA medical centers in Texas, Missouri and Illinois that uses laboratory and other clinical data in real time to identify patients who might be at risk of adverse drug reactions. Magpie Healthcare, Westminster, Colo., was recognized for its work on a pilot program in Portland, Ore., designed to give clinicians "a quick, easy, secure way to connect to on-call clinical staff automatically and to activate patient-care teams faster. The not-for-profit Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, received an award for its adverse-reaction prediction program in use at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.
"Continuously evaluating new solutions drives VA's transformation and helps us deliver better care with responsible cost containment," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a news release.
The competition, which offers as much as $100 million in awards, was announced in February. Specific award amounts were undisclosed. The program's goal is to improve veterans' access to VA services, quality of care and satisfaction while reducing healthcare costs, according to the release.
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