Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Signs

Instead of constantly remaking signs to put up, place televisions with information on them in order to direct people and educate electronically. These could be like billboards and would be easier to direct people when things in the hospital move such as a sign pointing to the new lab area, etc.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Online inventory mangement and Bar code tracking in VHA

Across the Veterans Administration Hospitals, expensive disposable and implantable equipment used for patients undergoing a variety of medical and surgical procedures is mismanaged with an archaic, paper-based inventory system. Due to the absence of current inventory information, existing inventory expires on the shelf, even as orders are placed for the same equipment again. Further, the lack of online access to information ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Remove CPU and operate solely from servers in VA Hospitals

Currently CPUs are used to log on to the VA network in the hospital medical center. These machines are outdated and have performance issues limiting productivity. The bulk of functioning already occurs at a server level which results in server lag time and delay compounded by limits of the CPU processor the user is working from. By removing this CPU from the data usage network and logging in to the server from a monitor ...more »

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Department of State

Bill foreign countries for expenses incurred by their citizens

The U.S. gives aid to almost every country in the world in one way or another. If a foreign citizen uses U.S. services without paying -- hospitalization and medical care at the top of the list -- hospitals etc. should send the bill to the State Dept which would bill the appropriate country. If the bill is not paid within 30 days it is withheld from their foreign / military aid and the State Dept should repay the hospital/institution ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Take Advantage of Existing Healthcare Professionals

Doctors, nurses and pharmacists who work at the FDA or other federal agencies are prohibited under the Dual Compensation Law from "moonlighting" at other federal healthcare facilities like National Naval Medical Center (DOD), NIH Clinical Center (HHS) or any of the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. "Moonlighting" is a term used often by physicians and other patient care providers to describe the provision of medical care ...more »

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