Veterans’ Affairs Technology Support
ORISE customizes Exercise Builder tool to standardize Veterans Affairs hospitals’ exercise development process
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) worked with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)/Veterans Health Administration to develop an exercise tool for hospitals known as Exercise Builder: Hospital. The VA serves nearly eight million veteran enrollees and their families at more than 150 VA medical centers and 900 outpatient clinics across the United States.
Through emergency preparedness exercises and response and recovery activities, Exercise Builder: Hospital was developed to standardize the VA's exercise program throughout its medical facilities.
ORISE debuted the tool at the VA’s 2009 annual meeting and presented it as a means to support the best practices needed to maintain these hospitals as world-class medical facilities through the VA-mandated, annual exercise program.
Exercise Builder: Hospital is being connected to a new database, which will compile after-action reports and provide the necessary information for the development of hospital preparedness improvement plans.