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Electronic law/reference libraries

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It would save considerable money if all General Counsel offices across the federal government stopped using printed refernece materials. These are all available electronically -- both the most up-to-date versions and prior versions. In order to allow attorneys the portability of a book, however, one option would be to purchase several e-reader devices (such as a Kindle, Nook, or something similar) that would have subscriptions... more »

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Back to Technology Basics

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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

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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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Paperless Forms and Electronic Signatures - We Have the Solution

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Forms, forms, forms, forms. The government loves them. By the end of my work week I've filled out at least one form, but sometimes as many as 10. They are all required to be printed and signed.

What a waste...not only in paper and time, but also in rework when forms are lost, scanning, and interruptions for those who must physically sign. Agencies already have the software needed to do this electronically with minimal... more »

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Improve Research Efficiency - Institutional Review Boards

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Currently, the Institutional Review Boards of each VA facility creates their own form based on the federal regulations for human subjects research. Rather than having every facility reinvent the wheel, there should be one standardized set of forms that are used nationwide.

Furthermore, these forms should be migrated to an online system, which would save paper. The form for an average research study application in my... more »

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Electronic Calendars - No Paper Calendars - $ave MILLIONS

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SAVE at least $3.7 million - Employees with computers should have to use the e-calendar built into MS Office or their system's equivalent, (MACs have iCal). If only 1/2 the Federal employees have a desk calendar costing $2.68 or more, the annual cost for calendars is at least $3,783,861 nationally.

The 2009 Census Bureau indicates there were 2,823,777 full and part-time Federal employees.

If every employee who has... more »

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1 computer system - VA ONE Processing System

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When I began working for VA over 20 yrs ago we operated out of computer system under the (BDN) Benefits Delivery Network. This system was tied into all parts of VA. The main part we used was to pay deserving veterans benefits for their lost wages due to a slightly to completely debilitating disability. This disability being due to their service for their country. This system was in the DOS format and slightly cumbersome... more »

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Save a Tree Save some Money

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We have multiple committees all over the hospital and all require agenda's and packets. R&D and IRB have huge packets (500 or more sheets of paper) for 25 or so people. At the end of the meeting all the paper goes to the recycle bin. So my idea is to go digital with these agendas. I'm sure that by purchasing electronic tablets we could save a lot of trees and money on paper. Digital is the way of the future everything... more »

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VA Medical Records - Release of Information

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Dear Sir/Madam,
Whenever a Veterans wants to acquire his or her medical records, physician notes, labs, pathology reports, xray and CT scan reports, it is a tedious process involving printing of records on lots of paper. These records are asked by patients to keep records for themselves or for another physician/facility where they may transfer care, etc.
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1. It is on paper, which can be easily lost, destroyed... more »

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Stop Distributing Paper Pay Stubs and Paper W-2s to Employees

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In my office, a huge stack of paper pay stubs come in every 2 weeks. With the availability of the myPay web site, we should not still be distributing paper pay stubs.

 

The myPay web site also maintains the W-2s. There is no use in mailing out these forms each year, with the printing and shipping costs.

 

The Federal Government would save millions of dollars if paper pay stubs and w-2s were discontinued.

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Urgent CT scan Vista display board

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During a normal work day radiology request are flying off the printer to be done urgently or to be scheduled. If the ER or inpatient request needs to be done right away for CT scan, a lot of times it may be overlooked. The provider who placed the order must contact CT scan to get the scan done right away. For some reason we cannot split up the urgent scans from the routine scans to different printers. Also the idea was... more »

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Fax to Email - Save Millions in paper

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Incoming faxes can be automatically turned into a .pdf and sent to an email account or department inbox for action. Between VA Education/Compensation and Pension/Veterans Service Centers and hospitals, this could save 15-20 million each year in paper and fax machine costs. If successful with the VA, other federal agencies could impliment the same.

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