VA Maryland Health Care System
Creating the Right Tool
Vamsee Potluri, 27, who joined the VA Maryland Health Care System in 2013 as a Graduate Administrative Fellow, has been recognized with the American College of Health Care Executive’s prestigious Early Careerist Healthcare Executive Regent Award. Potluri, who now works as the Ambulatory Care Operations Director-Group Practice Manager for the Chief of Staff and the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director for Finance, earned the recognition for his contributions in the advancement of health care management excellence. His leadership on an interdisciplinary, multi-million-dollar cost saving business intelligence tool resulted in improved access to care for veterans throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System.
The business intelligence tool Potluri helped developed spurred more communication between leaders and administrators and provides them with insights into health practice patterns that enabled them to make proactive decisions to improve care delivery. As a result, the health care system reduced the number of preventable admissions to acute care units by 23 percent and the number of preventable Emergency Department visits by 15 percent, thereby leading to better care for Veterans.
“We are thrilled to have such a skilled and knowledgeable employee on our team,” said Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr, director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. “The business intelligence tool that Mr. Potluri created and integrated into day-to-day operations has been cited as a best practice and adopted by other VA medical centers across the nation.”
In addition to his role as the Group Practice Manager, Potluri took on other assignments such as serving as a national leader on several Veterans Health Administration access, efficiency, and clinic practice management initiatives, a detail at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and serving as a national mentor for other Ambulatory Care Operations Directors. He also participated in group collaborations with University of Maryland for sharing agreements and establishing a Community Care Network as outlined in the 2018 Mission Act Legislation for Maryland.
“Beyond levels of competency and commitment, Mr. Potluri has demonstrated a remarkable collaborative spirit that permeates facility staff, colleagues and subordinates,” wrote Brett David Vess, Acting Deputy Network Director for the VA Capitol Health Care Network, in his nomination.
Founded in 1933, the American College of Health Care Executives is an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, promote a culture and safety and who are dedicated to improving health.