Deputy Director, Clinical Tech Innovation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Health Administration
Caitlin Rawlins has been as a nurse for over 10 years, with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2017, and initiated the first positive distraction-focused VR program for pain and anxiety management in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in her first year of VA practice. She now aids in leading VHA Innovation as Deputy Director of Clinical Tech Innovation for VHA Innovation Ecosystem and co-lead of the VHA Extended Reality (XR) Network. She has helped support the expansion of XR technology use from just a few facilities to over 160 and network engagement to more than 1,350 VA employees. Ms. Rawlins has been awarded the 2019 ANCC Pathway Award, 2022 G2Xchange Disruptive Tech Program Award, and, along with other OHIL Immersive Tech team members, was a recipient of the 2022 Service to the Citizen Award for her work with XR. Most recently, in October 2022, she received the International Virtual Reality in Healthcare Association’s 2022 Hero Award for dedication to the growth of immersive technology in healthcare.