Samuel Kuna, MD, core investigator with the VA HSR&D Center for Health Equity and Research Promotion (CHERP) and Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Section at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, has been selected as a 2012 VHA Employee Innovation Competition winner.
Dr. Kuna's proposal, Remote Ambulatory Management of Veterans with Sleep Apnea, focuses on developing a clinical pathway for Veterans with sleep apnea so as to improve their access to and timeliness of care. The proposal was selected from among 3,800 entries, and was chosen by VHA "due to its compelling potential to improve the accessibility, quality and overall effectiveness of our department as it seeks to deliver the highest quality service to our nation's Veterans."
Held annually beginning in 2009, VA Employee Innovation Competitions provide a mechanism to tap the ingenuity and innovative spirit of VA's workforce while providing those innovators with funding and support to make their ideas a reality. Successful innovations are transitioned into regular practice and deployed across the country.