Veterans Swot Analysis

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SWOT Analysis for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was founded in 1930, and today, “operates one of the largest health care delivery systems in the nation, with 168 medical centers and more than 1,000 outpatient facilities organized into regional networks” (GAO, 2017). The VA employs nearly 350,000 people at its facilities and serves approximately 9 million veterans each year (VA, 2017). SWOT ANALYSIS GRID STRENGTHS: (Internal) • Employee training/education • Increased staffing • Increased budget • Advanced medicine/research • Advanced Technologies • Continuously search for innovative solutions WEAKNESSES: (Internal) • Delays in treatment • Manipulation of records • Long…show more content…
More, the VA has since developed an array of treatment initiatives and programs that focus on preventative care. Most of the VA’s strengths can be attributed to the advancement of medicine, technologies, and research. The integration and collaboration of web-based services throughout VA’s facilities has led to an increase in “speed, accuracy and efficiency of information exchange” (Department of Veteran Affairs, 2015). With those strengths, the VA is able to further improve upon veteran’s access to health care and the ways in which services can be delivered. Weaknesses An assortment of complex issues has weakened the VA’s ability to deliver on its promise “to care for him who shall have borne the battle” (VA, 2015). Failed internal issues at VA facilities have resulted in harm and even in the deaths of veterans. According to a report by the Office Of Inspector General (2014), “17 deaths had occurred while waiting for VHA treatment in the Phoenix VA system, and on June 5, 2014 the Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, reported that the VA had identified 18 additional deaths” (as cited in Wikipedia, n.d.). A multitude of investigations were conducted in response to the 2014 VA Scandal with reports and audits showing manipulation of records, long wait times, delays in treatment and overwhelmed caseload by VA practitioners (Wikipedia, n.d., para. 3-7). There are also concerns about the VA’s lack of accountability once

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