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All documentation within our systems should be electronic, as it allows us to better manage, organize, store, transport and replicate information. We will save a lot, by implementing this initiative completely. With the production of large amounts of documentation there is a lot of overhead.

Agencies must supply not only the printers but all the parts to maintain them – along with service contracts and of course, paper.... more »

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Eliminate mail reminders of appointments for patients

Instead of mailing multiple reminders to veteran and military patients pateints, the organization can email or phone the appointment reminders. This will not only cut down on postal costs but paper costs too. The automated reminder system will be sent via email or phone whichever is preferred by the patient. The preference will be specified upon registration into the health system.

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Send VA Letters Electronically

Each Day, The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) sends thousands of letters to veterans and their dependents. The current system mandates hard copy letters to every veteran.

With the advent of electronic mail (e-mail), and Secretary Shinseki's goals to transform VA into a 21st Century organization, eliminating the claims backlog by 2015, I suggest that optional e-mail communication between veterans and VA be established.... more »

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Less paper waste via electronic alerts of chart orders

Electronically alert clerks about scheduling needs, rather than automatically printing orders.

At this VA medical center, any time an order (e.g., labs, clinic appt, xray) is entered in the electronic patient chart (GUI/CPRS) it is automatically printed. It prints near the staff who enter the appointments. The purpose is to alert clerks that an appt needs entered in the appt software (CPRS). Often it may only be a... more »

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Electronic Employee Orientation Materials

I recently joined the workforce at the VA and I was shocked at the amount of paper wasted during orientation. Each employee received 3 textbook-sized booklets of papers in addition to many single handouts and forms. After orientation was over, many of these went right into the trash can (not even recycled), possible without ever being opened. I still have my books, but I have yet to need them, since the information... more »

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Paper Waste - VAMC records

To fulfill our duty to assist veterans with their claims we obtain their medical records. This also includes obtaining any treatment records from VA Medical Centers, which, for the most part, are available electronically through a shared network connection. Instead of just reviewing these records online, the policy is to have a hard copy of these records printed off for the file. It is a huge waste of taxpayer money... more »

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Eliminating Paper Waste with Letters to the Veterans

I am a Veterans Service Representative. I work in the San Diego Regional Office and there is a large amount of paper that is printed on that we can eliminate. The letters that are sent out to the veterans have to be reviewed before they are sent for any errors. 3 copies of these letters are printed each time before the review. Since one copy goes to the Service organization, this one can be scanned and then viewed online... more »

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Use Both Sides of the Paper...Double Your Inventory!

Although we are trying to automate the Federal Government, there are still many times we have to use paper.

When employees print, use duplex printing!

When employees take notes, write on both sides!

If the Agency distributes monthly Posters to hang up in the building, print 2 months at a time. Flip the poster over after the first month.

When an employee gives a presentation, use the "white space" on each side of... more »

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