Add soundcards to thin clients, so all employees can participate in job related teleconferences, and Intranet and Internet education.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Add OCR optical character recognition to Vista Imaging Display, and a search engine, so we can search within a scanned record.
When purchasing supplies and equipment, look at how they will affect the users' productivity. It is cheaper to purchase supplies and equipment that make it easier and faster for employees to do their jobs.
At the VA Hospital here in Phx Arizona each vet is being requested to optain a routing sheet for their travel expenses. This routing sheet is printed through the Vista system which is mearly the check-in sheet sheet for the vets when they chk-in for their medical appointments. Many clinics do not use this sheet at all anymore due to auto check-in proceedures and the providers dont need any paperwork since the (Peg-board,... more »
In light of the current nursing shortage, and the current healthcare crisis, nurses are caring for greater numbers of patients, with less staff than ever before. Lets reward the nurses when a positive letter is sent from the family, with a comp day off. It costs the government less than a cash bonus, and the nurse pays less in tax. A sign of appreciation is greatly needed for our nurses now, as they are working harded... more »
PORT OR VA HOSPITAL HIRE MORE of the cheapest labor in the building , Nurse Aides and Housekeepers. Presently there is not 24 hr house keeping. This is intended to be a hygieneic enviornment. Without 24 hrs of houskeeping , cleanliness cycles from -clean to filthy-, back to clean. Patients are exposed during their 24 hour a day stay, multiplied by the number of days they are admitted..Nurse Aids provide basic bedside... more »
I feel we should offer recycling services in the CBOCS for office materials or other items that could be use to be recycled. This would avoid having high costs of trash pick up and extra unecessary items that could be used to save the earth and its enviroment. Also in the lunch areas in the out patient clinics and in the waiting areas a recycle bin should be present to put items in. This idea would not only continue... more »
All typed documents should be saved on a master file, then print them as necessary. We spend tons of paper and printer toners when doing unnecessary printouts to our rating decisions that are to be reviewed for corrections before thet're approved for submission. Some times a single rating goes three to four times printed before its approved, creating a massive waste. We also print evidence already scanned into out... more »
We need to teach veterans that the VA pays only claims issued by the vendors. Countless hours are invested daily, reviewing veteran statements they have mailed or hand delivered to the VA. Rather than returning these statements to the veterans and phoning the vendors for invoices addressed to the VA, we need to instruct the veterans at the point of orientation, create a brief television ad, or mail fliers stating the... more »
Many veterans have Tricare insurance, allowing them to recieve medical care at the Veteran health care system and also at the military base ( Naval Air Station/Jacksonville here locally).Patients see primary care doctors at the base ( under Tricare) and recieve expensive labs tests and then come to the VA clinic and see a primary care physician and have the same labs done!. This is a huge waste of money and patients... more »
CUT OUT ALL BONUSES FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE LOWEST WORKER.
As a homecare RN I have seen an abundance of waste on all sides of the spectrum from Govt, patient, and so on. The biggest way I think the government can SAVE is to revamp and reteach physicians, patients, nurses, pharmacists on medication ordering. As it is now in our system anyways:: Everytime a doctor updates a medication whether its a renewal, dosage change, etc the pharmacy automatically sends new medications. Now... more »
I've been with the Veterans Health Administration for a short period of time and I have noticed that VA spends too much money in mailing. They mail medications, appointments and other types of packages through USPS, Fed Ex, UPS, etc, to name a few. As a matter of fact I am a Mail Clerk with this Agency and seen it with my own eyes. I understand that our mission is to serve our Veterans; but there also has to be limits.... more »
To provide every employee with their own printer is a monumental waste of resources. This may not be a new idea, but it certainly has significant savings based on the expensive toner used, particularly for color printers. Everyone should have access to a scanner and printer in close proximity to their desk. Use the IT staff to implement local area printers, instead of individual ones. The printers should allow... more »
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center Domicillarys are full of veterans that are sponging of our graces. They attend every program that the domicillaries offer. The majority of these folks will steal Crist of the cross and come back later for the nails. The veterans should be limited to one program for life and should have to pay to attend that program.