All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘VA’

HRTF and 3D audio environments.

Researchers use head related transfer functions to personalize audio in mixed and virtual reality Spatialized sound was investigated in a few theses and at least one dissertation within MOVES.  Russ Storm’s dissertation looked at the combined effect of improved visual and auditory rendering in 1998.  The study mentions using current scanning methods to create a data base of 350 users’ head-related …

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HBR Review of VA Transformation

The author invited VA Secretary Bob McDonald to present his views on transformation of the VA over the last 2 1/2 years as part of the author’s Managing Service Organizations course. One of the 5 lessons McDonald reflected one, “Build a capacity for learning and continuous improvement,” makes specific mention of the importance of Lean Six Sigma and Human-Centered Design …

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NPR reports increase in wait time for Veterans after Veteran’s Choice implemented

The response to VA wait time scandal of 2014 was massive.  The head of the VA was replaced.  Additionally, the $10B Veterans Choice program was launched.  Congress gave the VA 90 days to put the program in place.  Veterans who had waited more than 30 days or that lived more than 40 miles from a VA facility were provided access …

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Army Surgeon General – the future of Army medicine: prevention, biometrics and telemedicine.

Related articles in Army Times and Health IT web sites.   The Army Surgeon General credits the Performance Triad (nutrition, exercise, sleep) with a four pecent reduction in BMI and 15 percent increase in cardio vascular output.  Lt. Gen Horoho’s vision for future Army readiness includes an emphasis on data and biometric monitoring as tools for preventing costly and readiness-sapping …

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VA solutions to delays not panning out – can M&S help?

Could improved M&S tools help assess COAs for improving wait time?  In the most recent example, un-anticipated consequences have undercut VA efforts.   It was meant to reduce wait times, but veterans say new choice cards are causing more problems – The Washington Post “As far as I can tell, the choice card has created more confusion and aggravation than …

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