I'm in Washington, ready to make my own microscopic contribution, via an innovation contest sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal is that rank and file workers know what's going, and know how to fix things. Social networking can be used for people to work on those ideas together, and to get buy in from management.
You might recall that very recently, I mentioned a similar agency-wide contest sponsored by the White House. There was one nomination related to veterans:
Colorado thinks that veterans leaving VA hospitals should be able to
take the medicine they’ve been using home with them instead of it being
thrown away when they’re discharged.
As is the case in most hospitals all across the country, medicine
that is used in the hospital is not given to patients to be brought
home; instead, it is thrown out. “Currently the inpatient medications
such as ointments, inhalers, eye drops, and other bulk items are being
disposed of upon patient discharge.” Nancy proposes ending this waste
and finding a way to allow this medicine to be used by those who need
Well, Nancy won, check out Veterans Affairs employee wins cost-cutting contest
Allowing veterans to take unused medications home upon hospital
discharge was the top cost-saving strategy in a governmentwide contest,
the Office of Management and Budget announced on Friday.
Nancy Fichtner, a Veterans Affairs Department employee from
Colorado, submitted this suggestion to the Securing Americans Value and
Efficiency Award contest held earlier this fall. She will meet with
President Obama at the White House on Dec. 21 to personally present her
idea for inclusion in the fiscal 2011 budget.