Initiatives and Challenges
The Office of Management and Budget directed agencies to describe at least one specific new transparency, participation or collaboration initiative being implemented or planned and designate it as the Agency's Flagship Initiative. The Department of Defense and the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) selected the Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record (VLER) as their flagship initiative.
DoD and VA jointly developed and implemented the VLER initiative to establish the interoperability and communication environment necessary to facilitate the rapid exchange of patient, beneficiary, and designee information between public and private sector providers yielding consolidated, coherent, and consistent access to electronic records that will enrich support for health, benefits, and administrative information, including personnel records and military history records. To date, VA and DoD have continued to maintain a high level of health data interoperability between the two the health care systems.
We have empowered our beneficiaries to actively engage in their own care by reviewing and downloading their personal health information. Our implementation of VLER “Blue Button” provides over 9.6 million DoD beneficiaries the ability to download their personal health information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere in the world. Patients have performed more than 915,000 Blue Button views and more than 1.5 million appointment requests have been fulfilled since January 2010. In addition, over 330,000 users have accessed Blue Button to perform prescription refills and personal health data downloads. The ability to use Blue Button has brought greater access of personal health data to the patient, while improving ease of use in the areas of making appointments and ordering prescriptions.
The Learning Registry
The Learning Registry is a joint project between the U.S. Department of Education and DoD to provide an infrastructure that enables the public to discover and use the learning resources held by various federal agencies and international partners. For more information, visit http://learningregistry.org
Challenges and Competitions
Challenges and competitions are high-risk, high-reward policy tools that can foster collaboration and participation in government activities through the process of co-creation. As an inducement of participation, challenges and competitions may offer a variety of “prizes”, including cash, recognition, or the deployment of a winning solution.
To get started finding challenges that interest you at Challenge.Gov, visit the Search Page or click here to find out more about DoD-related challenges.
Other DoD Innovations