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Innovation #78 - Voogle


Voogle is a proof of concept idea that combines a knowledge base and calls into the VistA system that activates a Remote Procedure Call (RPC), instantiates an object, or calls a function or File Manager Application Programmer Interface (API) depending on what is most appropriate. The results are returned as Extensible Markup Language (XML) in a web based data grid that is dynamically configured from the result set that is returned. Voogle replicates a Google environment for VA providers to quickly access information using natural language queries. This innovation will increase performance of clinicians, reduce costs, and improve patient safety because clinicians will have time to focus on treatment plans using accurate data sources of evidence based medicine.


Innovator's Contact Info:
Dr. Augie Turano, Birmingham OIFO
David Eibling, Pittsburgh VAMC


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Innovation #66 - CRATS Kiosk


A local chart review showed suboptimal rates of colonoscopy prescribed to, or accepted by eligible patients. Personalized risk information provided before primary care appointments may increase the likelihood of colorectal cancer screening. We will use a novel waiting room kiosk to permit patients to self-rate risk immediately prior to primary care appointments on an internet-based risk assessment program.

Innovator's Contact Info:
Dr. Robert Shaw, Northport VAMC
Dr. David Lin, Northport VAMC

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