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Upcoming launch of the Diffusion of Excellence 2019 VHA Shark Tank Competition


March 26, 2019

VHA Shark Tank

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Diffusion of Excellence 2019 VHA Shark Tank Competition! The application will open on Monday, April 1, 2019, and we would like to invite all employees to compete by submitting their promising practices to the Competition.

The Competition offers a unique opportunity to recognize top performers solving some of the toughest challenges across VHA with the goal of Changing and Saving Veteran Lives. To be eligible, applicants must have successfully implemented their practice in at least one facility, and the practice must address one of the 2019 VHA Shark Tank Priorities.

Follow the Diffusion of Excellence VA Pulse page for the latest 2019 VHA Shark Tank Competition updates and take a look at the 2018 VHA Shark Tank Competition Finalist videos and Gold Status Practice applications. If you have any questions, please email the Diffusion of Excellence Support Team

We look forward to your continued support as we work to empower employees, build trust within the Veteran community, and transform VHA into a high reliability organization.


Carolyn Clancy, MD

Deputy Undersecretary for Discovery, Education, and Affiliate Networks

Veterans Health Administration

Ryan Vega, MD, MSHA

Acting Director

VHA Innovation Ecosystem

Veterans Health Administration

Blake Henderson

Acting Director

Diffusion of Excellence

Veterans Health Administration

About Diffusion of Excellence:

Through the Diffusion of Excellence model, VHA empowers frontline employees to solve some of the organization’s toughest challenges and improve care and experiences for Veterans across the system. Diffusion of Excellence identifies and spreads field-developed promising practices that promote positive outcomes for Veterans and VHA employees.

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