MADISON, Wis.—The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the Medical Education Institute, Inc. (MEI), is a winner of the VA Innovation Initiative's (VAi2) Industry Innovation Competition (Industry-IC). The competition engages a wide variety of companies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions, said VAi2 Director Jonah Czerwinski.
MEI received the award to develop an interactive website that will help Veterans learn about and manage chronic kidney disease (CKD).
"The VAi2 team has worked extensively with the industry winners to design projects that leverage the best of industry innovation to improve the care that VA delivers," Czerwinski said.
MEI will work with a team of VA kidney disease experts to address the pressing need for more—and better—CKD patient education for veterans. They will create an innovative, interactive web-based learning program that will help veterans learn about:
- Risk factors for CKD
- What they can do to slow the progression of CKD
- How to self-manage their CKD treatment
- Treatment options for kidney failure
- Understand and navigate the VA system of care for CKD
- How to access helpful tools
- How to provide feedback to the care team about treatment preferences and quality of life
About the Medical Education Institute
MEI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private operating foundation dedicated to helping people with chronic disease learn to manage and improve their health. Since 1993, MEI has worked to help people with kidney disease live long and live well. MEI has created award-winning websites, including Home Dialysis Central (www.homedialysis.org) and Kidney School (www.kidneyschool.org).