ANNOUNCING OUR INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS

TRICARE Online (TOL) Patient Portal (PP)
Defense Health Agency, Solution Delivery Division

The Tricare Online Patient Portal (also referred to as "TRICARE Online" or "TOL") is the current secure patient portal that gives registered users access to online health care information and services at military hospitals and clinics. Through the portal, users can review and download their personal health information, schedule/change appointments at military hospitals or clinic, refill/check status of prescriptions and enhanced health information exchange.

Enterprise Intelligence & Data Solutions (EIDS)
Defense Health Agency

Grown as a solution to some of the MHS's most pressing mission-driven needs, EIDS PMO organizes and consolidates disparate data sources to one common Data, Logic, and Presentation layer. The most innovative aspects: driving consensus among disparate customer bases using cutting edge data management technologies, creating a research work bench, and building out a cloud ready/capable environment to support its user base.

Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Department of Veterans Affairs, VHA Center for Compassionate Innovation

The SUD proof of concept will provide increased access to care for up to 1,000 patients diagnosed with alcohol and opiate addiction with limited access to care in the VHA system. This project provides a framework for improving access and increasing engagement for patients suffering from SUDs and includes mobile tools aimed at recovery, predictive analytics, support and relapse prevention.

Encounter Data Dashboard and Analytics (EDDA)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Medicare Plan and Payment Group

EDDA provides a self-service analytics platform to identify trends and anomalies related to Medicare Advantage data. One of the first analytics solutions that has adopted the Agile methodology within CMS’ Enterprise IT Shared Services framework, the platform blends a COTS BI product with an open-source Javascript library to offer both high-level trends and detailed claims data in an integrated interface.

DHA Pharmacy Analytics Support Services (PASS)
Defense Health Agency

The Pharmacy Analytics Support Section (PASS) is an integral component of the Pharmacy Operations Division (POD) providing data, analysis, and pharmacy benefit information. To address healthcare costs and support warfighters diagnosed with PTSD and Opioid dependency, the PASS team developed effective tools to track and monitor prescriptions and drug treatments to ensure providers optimize treatment and patient safety.

HRSA’s Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) Program
Health Resources and Services Administration, Health and Human Services

The Telehealth Resource Center program is a force multiplier for the nation's move toward telehealth and virtual care, encouraging local innovation, collaborative learning and maximizing value from the federal investment. Regional and national TRCs work together and with the HRSA PM to share best practices, tailor technical assistance and tools for organizations seeking to establish and sustain telehealth programs.

Genetic Diagnostic Testing (GDx) System
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Connected Care

GDx reports genetic test results for Veterans in a true Virtual Lifetime Health Record. The mobile application allows Veterans and VA providers unprecedented access to laboratory test results, allowing for viewing and sharing results with healthcare providers inside and outside of VA. The application facilitates the integration of genomic information as standardized, searchable data easily incorporated into clinical decision support systems.

HHS/CMS CROWN Data Discrepancy Support (CDDS)
Health and Human Services/ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid/ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality

Focuses on analyzing and resolving data quality issues, generating and distributing data quality reports, and improving the integrity of data from Medicare dialysis facilities to the CMS’ CROWNWeb system, this program implements data-centric methodologies to produce accurate, complete, and timely information that helps system stakeholders focus on creating broad benefits for national healthcare.

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Content and HL7-compliant Knowledge Artifacts (KNARTs) Development Contract
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Health Informatics-Knowledge Based Systems

The KNARTs program is designed to support VA’s healthcare community in achieving standardization of clinical content by organizing clinical knowledge and logic in a way that is universally shareable via any Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool, any Electronic Health Record (EHR), or any IT platform thereby improving the ability of clinicians to deliver patientcare and aiming to improve the referral process. 

Medi​care Blue Button 2.0
U.S. Digital Service/ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 is a new, secure option for patients to share personal health data in a universal digital format, connecting claims data to secure applications, services and trusted research programs. The program expects to foster increased competition among technology innovators to serve Medicare patients and their caregivers, finding better ways to use claims data to serve patients’ needs. 

My HealtheVet Core Development
Department of Veterans Affairs

This innovative My HealtheVet Core Development solution leveraged MHV’s service-based architecture and large user community to expose an under-utilized mobile application, effectively combining VA IT investment across multiple delivery channels to drive user adoption. This merging of resources from separate contracts and programs to enable VA to better care for the patient is a model for future cross-channel integrations.

Customer Experience (CX) Data Capability
Department of Veterans Affairs

Customer Experience (CX) Data Capability ​- This program created a CX data framework to collect and analyze Veteran experience input across multiple touchpoints as they engage with VA.  Using  a newly-developed platform, Veterans are able to provide compliments, recommendations and concerns to inform service recovery and performance improvement

CDER Informatics Platform
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

The CDER Informatics Platform provides holistic drug review management through integrated data and work management, business intelligence and reporting, and electronic submission capabilities. Enabling the rapid processing, validation, management, and analysis of data, this transformative solution has enabled CDER to meet and exceed every formal negotiated GDUFA goal and facilitated regulatory action surpassing anything in the history of the generic drug program.

Quality Payment Program Submission API
Department of Health and Human Services/ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid

The QPP Submissions API broke new ground in software development at CMS as the first public transactional API in the history of quality reporting programs there, and the first to be developed in the open. The Submissions API allows external partners to submit data on behalf of eligible participants in an automated way, replacing manual, labor-intensive, and error-prone processes.

Diffusion of Excellence
Department of Veterans Affairs

The Diffusion of Excellence Initiative empowers frontline employees to solve some of VHA’s toughest challenges and improve Veteran care and experiences. The Initiative uses a “Shark Tank” style competition to identify promising practices across VA priorities; the best of those practices are replicated and spread across VHA. This compelling and engaging model expands pockets of excellence within VA.

Enterprise Blood Management Systems: Transfusion (EBMS-T) and Donor (EBMS-D)
Defense Health Agency, Solutions Delivery Division

In support of the Armed Services Blood Program mission to provide "quality blood products and services for all worldwide customers in both peace and war," the Enterprise Blood Management System strategic modernization project enhances MHS blood capabilities, providing enterprise-wide functionality for donor centers and blood banks. EBMS is used in blood management operations including collection, processing, transfusion and inventory management.

Remote Veterans Apnea Management Platform (REVAMP)
Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Connected Care

REVAMP improves Veteran access to care, reduces patient wait times, and allows veterans with sleep apnea to be diagnosed and treated without having to travel to a sleep center. This VA-developed web platform facilitates remote care and provides a convenient alternative to current in-person management. REVAMP also demonstrates the potential to lower costs and improve treatment use.

Building a Digital Biobank for Military Precisions Medicine
U.S. Air Force, Air Force Medical Service

The AFMS "Digital Biobank" platform supports hosting, managing, and analyzing health data, including de-identified health and military service records, genomic data, and exposure data. This effort represents a groundbreaking opportunity to use data to improve the health, wellness, and performance of service members and their beneficiaries and has provided thought leadership to MHS policymakers to frame clinical and technology issues.

Mobile Scheduling Enhancements (MSE)
Department of Veterans Affairs, OI&T Enterprise Program Management Office

VA is using Agile and DevOps practices to optimize development of its cloud-based 508-compliant mobile scheduling applications. These apps enable Veterans, VA clinics and VA staff to self-schedule primary care, audiology, optometry, and mental health appointments within the VA healthcare system. Since the November 2017 release of the VA Online Scheduling app, transactions conducted by Veterans have increased by over 3000%.

Measure-Specific Reporting Error Prediction Engine
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Measure-Specific Reporting Error Prediction Engine analyzes clinical quality measure specifications to predict the extent of reporting error that would be expected for that measure.  Validated based on review of PQRS records, MSREPE enables CMS to identify potential sources of measure-specific error and how measure specification revision or planning for reporting can reduce errors.

Modern Data Analytics Platform for HRSA Electronic Handbooks
Health Resources and Services Administration OI&T

An end-to-end grant support and program management application, the Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) system unifies grant management processes across HRSA and allows users to perform functions spanning grants operations, program planning, monitoring, and management through one transparent, enterprise-wide system. The program supports a paperless environment with improved business efficiency and compliance with mandated policies, procedures, and legislation.

DHA Mitigation and Remediation Support (MARS) Team
Defense Health Agency

The MARS team has been widely recognized for its technical acumen, forward-thinking, and standardized solutions to resolving myriad cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  This capability has been leveraged by Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and programs, world-wide. Given these contributions to Enterprise security, MARS staff have received accolades from Enterprise, site, and system leadership; Naval Commendations; and, previously won the Captain Joan Dooling award.

National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) Project
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Program Integrity

Using open source products to modernize NPPES with a simplified user interface and enhancements like a delegation function, automated form completion, self-service, and smart search features has increased usability and met the U.S. Digital Service mission. The project improved CMS’ ability to address HIPAA requirements for standard unique identifiers and improve efficiency and effectiveness of electronic transmission of health information.

NIAAA Alcohol Treatment Navigator
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Drawing on decades of scientific research, NIAAA and IQ Solutions, Inc., developed the Alcohol Treatment Navigator, an interactive website simplifying the search for alcohol use disorder treatment options. It provides a comprehensive, actionable strategy related to finding high-quality treatment. The Navigator educates and serves the public and supports NIAAA to efficiently respond to inquiries.

Encounter Data Processing System (EDPS) NextGen
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS implemented the EDPS to collect, process and analyze MA encounter data used to calculate MA payments. The most innovative aspect of EDPS NextGen is its proposed scalable cloud-based architecture, offering the accurate and timely processing of a growing volume of encounters. The architecture and platform allows CMS to meet the HHS goal of modernizing legacy infrastructure and program objectives.

SOLOR – System of Logical Representation
Department of Veterans Affairs

SOLOR creates a transformation process to represent and integrate common terminologies using a single extensible model. Using open source software for this transformation, SOLOR enables developers to convert any user-supplied terminologies into its single model. This dramatic simplification represents a paradigm shift in how developers consume terminology, and thereby enables collaborative improvement in medical knowledge, patient care, and patient safety.

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