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New SAVE award winner chosen

A VA employee from Milwaukee proposed an idea to save veterans time in tracking prescriptions.

Dec. 24, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By SEAN REILLY   |   Comments
VA's Kenneth Siehr.
VA's Kenneth Siehr. (VA)

A Veterans Affairs Department employee from Milwaukee has won this year’s SAVE award for his idea of allowing online tracking of outpatient drug prescriptions. Kenneth Siehr, one of four finalists announced last week, received more than 16,000 out of some 33,000 online votes, the Office of Management and Budget announced Monday.

Currently, veterans have to call their local VA medical centers to check on the status of outpatient prescriptions mailed to them, OMB Director Sylvia Burwell said in an official blog post. Under Siehr’s proposal, they could instead track prescriptions’ status online through the VA’s web portal, MyHealtheVet, thus saving pharmacy staff time and improving customer service, she said. As the winner, Siehr will have the chance to meet with President Obama in the Oval Office. Siehr is director of the consolidated mail outpatient pharmacy.

Launched by the Obama administration in 2009, the SAVE [Securing Americans Value and Efficiency] Award aims to recognize federal workers’ suggestions for lowering costs and bolstering agency effectiveness.

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