Atlanta VA Medical Center to Host 2015 Health Innovation Challenge

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Department of Veterans Affairs Interim Under Secretary for Health to deliver keynote address.

Participants of the 2014 Health Innovation Challenge work to discover ways to invent the future of healthcare. The 2015 Health Innovation Challenge will bring together more than 300 innovators.

With healthcare technology evolving at rapid speeds, it's imperative that initiatives such as the Health Innovation Challenge continue to garner practical solutions for patient-centered healthcare.

The Atlanta VA Medical Center, alongside Forge and the VA Center for Innovation, will host the 2015 Health Innovation Challenge April 10-12 in the Pete Wheeler Auditorium of the medical center, 1670 Clairmont Road Decatur, Georgia. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and span a 36-hour innovation sprint.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Interim Under Secretary for Health Dr. Carolyn Clancy will deliver the keynote address. During the address, Clancy will discuss the state of innovation across the Veterans Health Administration, the United States’ largest integrated health care system. The keynote address will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

The event, designed to develop solutions to real problems facing healthcare, will challenge participants to leverage technology while creating a better healthcare experience for our nation’s Veterans.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our Veterans and the Atlanta VA Medical Center is grateful to host some of the best and brightest developers, engineers, designers and other professionals that the country has to offer,” said Medical Center Director Leslie Wiggins. “With healthcare technology evolving at rapid speeds, it’s imperative that initiatives such as the Health Innovation Challenge continue to garner practical solutions for patient-centered healthcare.”

This is Forge’s second annual Health Innovation Challenge and the first in collaboration with the Atlanta VA Medical Center and VA Center for Innovation.

For more information, visit http://www.challenge.forgehealth.org.

Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC), a Joint Commission and Magnet Accredited medical facility sits on 26 acres in Decatur, Georgia—just minutes from downtown Atlanta. The main medical center is a level 1A tertiary care facility providing patient-centered healthcare via an array of comprehensive medical, surgical, geriatric specialty services, as well as state-of–the-art diagnostic testing throughout 14 sites of care. With 445 inpatient beds, including a 120-bed Community Living Center, a 40-bed domiciliary, and a 12-bed Residential Treatment Program, the Atlanta VAMC is uniquely positioned to serve the healthcare needs of more than 130,000 enrolled Veterans living in 50 counties across northeast Georgia. The Medical Center, also a teaching hospital, provides hands-on and state-of-the-art technology, education and research to residents in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.

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