VA Awards Veteran Entrepreneur Programs

The Veterans Administration last week announced its Industry Innovation Competition awards. The spotlighted projects submitted by commercial and nonprofit organizations will help veteran entrepreneurs and veteran health IT.

“Continuously evaluating new solutions drives VA’s transformation and helps us deliver better care with responsible cost containment,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “These innovative projects will support veterans starting a small business, and increase the use of new technology to deliver healthcare services veterans have earned.”

The awarded projects receive funding through the VA Innovation Initiative. VAi2 funds projects developed by VA employees, the private sector and academia.

Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer, Inc., of Milwaukee Wisc., and Halfaker and Associates of Arlington, Va., won approval for veteran mentorship business models. Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer will also provide office space to new veteran business owners.

Magpie Healthcare’s automated on-call clinical staff and patient care team scheduler and a system to use clinical and lab data to alert caregivers to drug reactions and possible complications developed by DSS, Inc. of Juno Beach, Fla., and TheraDoc of Salt Lake City got the green the light. VA also gave a nod to Southwest Research Institute for its drug reaction project.


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