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4 Creative Women-Run Startups That Are Getting Stuff Done

November 7, 2014

Hey, women entrepreneurs run more than 8.6 million businesses in the US, generating more than $1.3 trillion in total revenues (according to nerdwallet). Breaking down silos is a great way to get stuff done. It's critical to take a look at what's already being done in an effort to create real change. Too often orgs… Read more »


Big IT development at Dept of Vets Affairs

February 28, 2013

(from the dept of giving-credit-where-it's-due) VistA is the Dept of Vets Affairs health record system, and it's been a huge success. VA has open sourced it, which is remarkable achievement for Washington, a really big deal. It means that anyone can improve it or interface with it. Check out the VA Medical Appointment Scheduling… Read more »


Department of Veterans Affairs gets real stuff done

January 15, 2013

(from the Department of Giving Credit Where Credit's Due) VA is getting a lot of good work done, using IT to much better serve veterans, helping address the disability claims backlog, maybe their biggest challenge. Sure, the tech is a work in progress, but the greater issue involves skepticism and low expectations. Toward this end, they had to… Read more »


Big accomplishments at the Dept of Veterans Affairs

November 8, 2011

Hey, in the last coupla years or so, the Department of Veterans Affairs has accomplished at lot. It's time for people of good will to give them credit. (Few others have, which kinda pisses me off.) What we're talking about is for-real cultural change, which is really required pretty much everywhere, now or not too… Read more »


Blue Button ® gives access to health information

August 27, 2011

By Rachel Lunsford,  Jim Speros and Peter Levin US Department of Veterans Affairs You’ve probably already heard about the “Blue Button” offered by the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Blue Button enables Veterans, service members, and Medicare beneficiaries to download their personal health record as a… Read more »


Blue Button competition: more serious innovation from Veterans Affairs

July 28, 2011

Over the last two years or so, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been doing some seriously innovative work on behalf of the troops. I've seen this first hand, focusing on efforts like working at the grassroots worker level and with private industry vendors. This really does serve vets better, and looks like taxpayers get… Read more »