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2022 VHA Shark Tank Competition

Finalists announced on August 15th!

Applications are now closed. Semifinalists are here.

2022 VHA Shark Tank Competition Semifinalists

87 innovations were selected as 2022 Competition Semifinalists. Click on the document below to view this year's Semifinalists!

Semifinalists can check back for the Finalist announcement on August 15th!

Thank you to all VHA employees who submitted an innovation to the competition, your dedication to Veteran care is applauded. We encourage those not listed as a Semifinalist to reapply next year!  If you have any immediate questions or want to provide feedback, please email the VA Diffusion Support Team.

The eighth cycle of the competition forecasts a swell of passionate innovators hungry to change and save Veteran lives.

VHA Shark Tank Competition identifies field-developed innovations that promote positive outcomes and improved experiences for Veterans and employees. The competition spotlights dedicated VHA employees who are addressing some of the toughest challenges across VHA and provides a platform to bring exposure from all levels of leadership.

  • Finalists will be announced on August 15, 2022

During August-October, Finalists will prepare to pitch their practice live and compete for a chance to cast their unique innovations to other VHA facilities at VHA Shark Tank Competition held during VHA Innovation Experience (iEX) in October.

Check back here for updates on the 2022 VHA Shark Tank Competition held in October!

For more details regarding Competition requirements and the VHA Shark Tank Competition, please visit the Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below. 

2022 VHA Shark Tank Competition Timeline

2022 VHA Shark Tank Application Period – Closed on May 6, 2022

Semifinalists Announced – June 22, 2022; see announcement above

Finalists Announced – August 15, 2022

Finalists and Shark Preparation – August-October 2022

VHA Shark Tank CompetitionOctober 27, 2022

Facility Communication Toolkit

Facility Leaders are encouraged to share the 2022 VHA Shark Tank Competition Semifinalist and Finalist Announcement at their facilities using materials provided in the toolkit below. If you have any questions regarding these materials, please email VADiffusionSupport@va.gov

2022 VHA Shark Tank Highlighted Priorities

Selected practices address one of the below 2022 VHA Shark Tank Highlighted Priorities or a self-identified “Other” Priority.

  • Age-Friendly Health Systems: Provides care to older Veterans based on the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, and Mobility) framework for establishing Veteran-centric care focused on What Matters across all care settings
  • De-Implementation: Focuses on effectively stoppingactivities that no longer provide value or that have become ineffective or obsolete
  • Employee Experience and Well-being: Improves recruitment, retention, well-being, and morale of VA employees, empowering staff to provide greater input into their work environment; Promotes a safe, harassment-free environment for Employees; and/or Creates a great place to work where all feel valued, engaged, and empowered
  • Enabling Rural Veterans to Thrive: Improves access to health care and services for rural Veterans and their caregivers, breaking down the barriers (e.g., distance,internet access, transportation) that prevent quality care in rural settings
  • Health Care After COVID-19 – Post-Pandemic Care: Promotes Veteran, employee, and citizen health and safety to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and future emergency situations, including virtual care models to enable remote service delivery
  • Health Care Technologies and Tools: Refers to any tools or software used to improve health care delivery, improve the quality of Veteran care, and/or increase Veteran access to care, including remote monitoring to support Veteran ability to achieve healthgoals or maintain independence 
  • Health Equity: Supports the elimination of health disparities and their outcomes, achieving equitable access to high-quality care for all Veterans, including Veterans of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, geographic regions, and LGBTQ+ Veterans
  • High Reliability Culture Change – Commit to Zero Harm: Develops standard work practices for leaders and staff to support the enterprise effort to move VHA toward higher reliability with a focus on reducing errors and harm 
  • I-DEA (InclusionDiversity Equity and Access): Addresses diversity, inclusion, equity and access across VA through activities and practices that address VA workforce management, recruitment, retention, or that improve patient care and patient experience
  • Immersive Technologies and Experiences: Leverages evolving augmented, mixed, or virtual realities to enhance treatment for Veterans or to facilitate comprehensive healthcare training, education, or evaluation for VA staff through an immersive modality
  • Opioids andother Substance Use: Addresses opioid or other substance misuse and substance use disorder among Veterans through activities such as intervention, identification of high-risk patients, and successful pain management or prescribing practices
  • Suicide Prevention: Reduces the incidence of Veteran suicide through VA-wide suicide prevention training, improving the Veterans Crisis Line, and/or expanding suicide prevention programs
  • VA and Community Health Care Access: Improves the ease with which a Veteran can receive timely care at VA or in their community,; leverages solutions across specialties to optimize provider and care-team productivity; enhances care coordination for Veterans receiving care in the community; Supports natural bridges to VA enrollment and future service delivery; and/or Finds unique and creative ways to impact transitioning Veterans, and those not currentlyreceiving VA services, to build civilian lives of opportunity and fulfillment
  • Veteran Experience: Delivers patient experiences marked by effectiveness, ease, and engagement, restoring pride, public trust, and confidence in VA 
  • Whole Health: Empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their life to the fullest
  • Women’s Health: Enhances and optimizes our ability to provide high-quality, gender-specific health care to women Veterans in a safe and sensitive environment
  • Other: Share your own unique Priority Category 

2021 VHA Shark Tank Competition

Check out the 2021 VHA Shark Tank Finalist pitches below! (03:31:04)

2021 VHA Shark Tank Competition Winners

For more information on the Promising Practices and Implementing Facilities, please reference the document below and visit their Diffusion Marketplace pages. 

2021 VHA Shark Tank Competition Finalist Practices