Leadership at the VAs Grassroots Innovations Program, a cooperative effort between the Chief Technology Officer, the Health and Medical Informatics Office, and the VAs Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) provided innovators (VA employees) with a forum to propose new opportunities and to develop new ideas into functional prototypes.
There are two (2) separate phases to the Innovations Program. The low bar phase is a proof-of- concept phase where all work is accomplished outside of the VAs network in a VA virtual testing environment (Innovations Sandbox). The high bar phase occurs when a concept is moved to a developmental/production environment after the proof of concept has been developed, tested, and approved for full scale deployment.
In 2014, the VA engaged The Business Information Technology Solutions (BITS) Group to execute the low bar phase for the development of a proof of concept/prototype known as OneVA Pharmacy. OneVA Pharmacy provides the Department of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) the capability to allow Veterans travelling across the United States to refill active VA prescriptions at any VA Pharmacy location regardless of where the prescription originated.
The OneVA Pharmacy project is the high bar phase of the initiative. The OneVA Pharmacy project modifies the existing proof-of-concept software’s capability by including the requirements contained within its Project Work Statement (PWS), includes integration into Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA), development of documentation, and training to support a national rollout in 2016.
OneVA Pharmacy provides a foundation to build and extend new capabilities to the Veteran, who are better served by integrating virtual care into pharmacies. A well-designed OneVA Pharmacy builds upon the history of the VHA and advances in modern technology, to allow Veterans to take a more active role in their own health care.
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