U.S. Department of Health and Human Services IDEA Lab

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services IDEA Lab We promote the use of innovation across the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to better enhance and protect the health & well-being of Americans.

Sign up for updates on events and initiatives here: https://cloud.connect.hhs.gov/IdeaLab The ultimate goal of the HHS IDEA Lab is a more modern and effective government that is responsive to the needs and challenges of our times. In 2013, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established the IDEA Lab to improve how the Department delivers on its mission of enhancing and protecting the well-being of all Americans. This effort is centered around three core beliefs: - Every individual has the ability to improve the health and well-being of Americans; - People are more powerful when working together; and - There is a solution to every problem. The IDEA Lab exists as the bridge between the old world and a vision of a new, networked world, where value is found in an individual’s talents and ideas, as opposed to their position in a hierarchical structure. Our current approach consists of a number of programs and initiatives that invest in internal innovation, leverage external innovation, and build collaborative communities to tackle cross-cutting issues of strategic importance. To learn more about our programs and initiatives, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/idealab/about/ Also, visit our website (hhs.gov/idealab) or follow us on twitter (@HHSidealab) to learn more.

Mission: The HHS IDEA Lab promotes the use of innovation across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans.

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In a new pilot program, Philadelphia and Delaware shared over 1,000 #immunization records that had not been available pr...
02/20/2019
Bridging the Divide: Office of CTO Works to Connect Immunization

In a new pilot program, Philadelphia and Delaware shared over 1,000 #immunization records that had not been available previously. This pilot helps ensure that patients & doctors have access to health records. Learn more about the Immunization Gateway Hub: https://www.hhs.gov/cto/blog/2019/1/23/bridging-the-divide-office-of-cto-works-to-connect-immunization.html

Immunization Gateway provides doctors with more complete health record data, saving patients time and improving quality of care.

Time’s running out to join the movement to build the world’s first artificial #kidney! Get started today by applying for...
02/15/2019

Time’s running out to join the movement to build the world’s first artificial #kidney! Get started today by applying for the first @Kidney_X prize to #RedesignDialysis by 2/28. You could win up to $75,000 for your idea. Learn more: http://www.kidneyx.org

The WA #measles outbreak highlights the need for access to #healthrecords. Washingtonians can register for the free #MyI...
02/15/2019
MyIR.net

The WA #measles outbreak highlights the need for access to #healthrecords. Washingtonians can register for the free #MyIR tool and access records at https://wa.myir.net/

There may be some vaccines you or your family received that don’t appear on the immunization record in MyIR, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV vaccine is sometimes given by a healthcare provider confidentially. Since MyIR doesn’t know which HPV vaccines were given confidentiall...

#Dialysis today doesn’t look much different than it did decades ago. If you have an idea to improve how we treat #kidney...
01/16/2019

#Dialysis today doesn’t look much different than it did decades ago. If you have an idea to improve how we treat #kidney failure apply for the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition ($2.6M in prize funding available) & join the Twitter chat on 1/24 @ 1PM EST using the #RedesignDialysis. Learn more about the prize challenge here: http://kidneyx.org/

We’ve updated our website! Check out our initiatives page to learn more about the innovation work our office is leading ...
01/10/2019
Office of the CTO

We’ve updated our website! Check out our initiatives page to learn more about the innovation work our office is leading at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
https://www.hhs.gov/cto/index.html

CTO Idealab Homepage Intro Tile Welcome to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer. We test and validate solutions to solve challenging problems in the delivery of health and human services. Located in the Immediate Office of the Secretary, the Office of the CTO is also tasked with promoting inno...

A new 14 week #tech sprint aims to transform federal open #data into digital tools that will improve the patient experie...
11/06/2018
Health Tech Sprint Aims at Improving Care Access and Experience | HealthData.gov

A new 14 week #tech sprint aims to transform federal open #data into digital tools that will improve the patient experience. Learn more: https://healthdata.gov/blog/health-tech-sprint-aims-improving-care-access-and-experience … #TOPhealth

Health Tech Sprint Aims at Improving Care Access and Experience Posted by khoney on November 5, 2018 1:50pm By Gil Alterovitz, PhD, Justin Koufopoulos, and Kristen Honey, PhD Starting October 2018, Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) kicked-off and will lead a 14-week tech sprint with the U.S. Dep...

Check out the video library on http://www.kidneyx.org/ to hear patients share what #KidneyX means to them. Submissions f...
10/16/2018
KidneyX | Innovation Accelerator

Check out the video library on http://www.kidneyx.org/ to hear patients share what #KidneyX means to them. Submissions for the #RedesignDialysis challenge open on October 25th, 2018 #PatientInnovators

KidneyX seeks to improve the lives of the 850 million people currently affected worldwide by accelerating the development of drugs, devices, biologics and other therapies across the spectrum of kidney care.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has posted two opportunities for innovators to develop new technologies and data-dr...
10/09/2018
NIDA Funding Opportunities | NIH SBIR/STTR

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has posted two opportunities for innovators to develop new technologies and data-driven solutions focused on opioid use prevention. Opportunities below:

1) The NIDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs have grants available to help companies commercialize data-driven solutions and services that focus on issues related to opioid use prevention, opioid use, opioid overdose prevention or opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment.
Proposals due: October 22, 2018 at 5:00pmET
https://sbir.nih.gov/nida/funding-opportunities

2)The NIDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are currently seeking proposals for grants to develop new commercially viable devices, tools, technologies or integrated systems for drug detection and deactivation to deter opioid theft in hospitals.
Proposals due: 10/22/18 at 5:00pmET
https://sbir.nih.gov/nida/funding-opportunities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), have commit...
09/28/2018

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), have committed $2.6 million to ReDesign Dialysis, a prize competition that challenges the public to develop better treatment options for patients with kidney failure.

This prize competition is the first in a planned series of Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) prize competitions designed to develop innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and/or treat kidney diseases.

Submissions for the first phase of the Redesign Dialysis prize will launch on October 25, 2018 at Kidney Week. For more information on the ReDesign Dialysis prize visit, https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/kidneyx/

Are you interested in applying #DataScience to your work as a Department of Health and Human Services employee? Join fel...
09/20/2018

Are you interested in applying #DataScience to your work as a Department of Health and Human Services employee? Join fellow data scientists at the HHS Data Science CoLab Demo Day on October 11. The day will highlight projects on #MachineLearning, text mining and #DataVisualization. Learn more: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/dscolab-demoday/

What challenges does HHS face to make their organization fundamentally data-driven? This new report, developed by the Of...
09/17/2018
About Data Insights – The HHS IDEA Lab

What challenges does HHS face to make their organization fundamentally data-driven? This new report, developed by the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, highlights the challenges - technical, legal, and cultural - that prevent data from being shared and used across the organization. Read the report here: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/data-insights/

From across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its many agencies collect a vast array of data to better understand the health of the nation. The Office of the CTO has been a leader in the federal government in enabling the public release of more than 1,500 data sets collected by...

KidneyX needs your help! There is one week left to comment on KidneyX. The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a pu...
09/10/2018
KidneyX – The HHS IDEA Lab

KidneyX needs your help! There is one week left to comment on KidneyX.

The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is looking for your feedback and ideas. The KidneyX initiative is committed to designing the prize competitions with patients and innovators to 1) improve the quality of life of people living with kidney diseases and 2) to support innovators who will develop solutions to prevent, diagnose, and/or treat kidney diseases. HHS and ASN plan to launch the first in a series of KidneyX prize competitions on October 25, 2018.

The 2 KidneyX Requests for Information (RFIs) can be viewed on the HHS.gov/IDEALab. Comments on the RFIs must be received on or before Friday, September 14, 2018, to be considered: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/kidneyx/

Chief Data Officer, Dr. Mona Siddiqui will be speaking at the upcoming Health 2.0 Conference, but you can get a preview ...
08/29/2018
HHS chief data officer Mona Siddiqui to discuss data initiative findings at Health 2.0

Chief Data Officer, Dr. Mona Siddiqui will be speaking at the upcoming Health 2.0 Conference, but you can get a preview for her upcoming talk in this new article from MobiHealthNewsalthNews: https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/hhs-chief-data-officer-mona-siddiqui-discuss-data-initiative-findings-health-20 … #DataScience #Innovation

The rise in big data has rocked nearly every sector from education to consumer tech, and in particular healthcare. But connecting the dots between the data sources has been a major hurtle in innovation. This is especially true when it comes to the government. The US government’s extensive stores o...

KidneyX needs your help! The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a public-private partnership between the U.S. Depa...
08/16/2018
The HHS IDEA Lab – Where Ideas and Opportunities Generate Impact

KidneyX needs your help! The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), is looking for your feedback and ideas. The KidneyX initiative is committed to designing the prize competitions with patients and innovators to 1) improve the quality of life of people living with kidney diseases and 2) to support innovators who will develop solutions to prevent, diagnose, and/or treat kidney diseases. HHS and ASN plan to launch the first in a series of KidneyX prize competitions on October 25, 2018.

The 2 KidneyX Requests for Information (RFIs) can be viewed at: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/kidneyx/

Comments on the RFIs must be received on or before Friday, September 14, 2018, to be considered.

Learn more about how KidneyX is engaging stakeholders in the development of the prize competition: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/2018/08/16/help-us-design-kidneyx/

Help us design KidneyX August 16, 2018/in Innovating in Government, News & Events /by Elizabeth SquireBy Elizabeth Squire, Communications Director, and Ross Bowling, Operations Research Analyst KidneyX seeks to improve the lives of the 850 million people currently affected by kidney diseases worldwi...

In the AHRQ Step Up App Challenge: Advancing Care Through Patient Assessments, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qu...
08/15/2018
About the Step-Up App Challenge: Advancing Care Through Patient Self-Assessments | Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality

In the AHRQ Step Up App Challenge: Advancing Care Through Patient Assessments, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is looking for teams to design, develop, and pilot a user-friendly application that simplifies the process of collecting, interpreting, aggregating, and sharing patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data related to physical function outcomes in the ambulatory care setting. Get involved: https://www.ahrq.gov/stepupappchallenge/about.html

Learn about the $250,000 challenge motivating innovators to design, develop, and pilot a patient-reported outcome app.

Last week, the Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship culminated in an afternoon of lightning talks, panels and live...
08/14/2018
What The Civic Digital Fellows Built This Summer – The HHS IDEA Lab

Last week, the Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship culminated in an afternoon of lightning talks, panels and live demos in which fellows showcased what they’ve built this summer. Nine fellows in total were placed across the Department of Health and Human Services to tackle complex health issues using data. Learn more about what the Fellows built this summer: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/2018/08/10/civic-digital-fellows-share-how-they-are-modernizing-government/

What The Civic Digital Fellows Built This Summer August 10, 2018/in Innovating in Government /by HHS IDEA LabBy: Maddy Kulke & Loren Hinkson Yesterday, the Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship culminated in an afternoon of lightning talks, panels and live demos in which fellows showcased what....

How do you get meaningful feedback from doctors all across America on 2,200 pages of legalese? The United States Digital...
08/02/2018
Injecting Human-Centered Design into Government Policymaking

How do you get meaningful feedback from doctors all across America on 2,200 pages of legalese? The United States Digital Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) partnered to introduce human-centered design into the CMS policymaking process. Read on to learn more: https://medium.com/@USDigitalService/injecting-human-centered-design-into-government-policymaking-848d092fc568

How do you get meaningful feedback from doctors all across America on 2,200 pages of legalese? That’s the challenge faced by the policy…

The Office of the National Coordinator's latest challenge on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) will encourage ...
07/27/2018
Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge - Health IT Buzz

The Office of the National Coordinator's latest challenge on the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) will encourage software developers to make use of this data (over 300 listings for certified health IT products) in ways that can enrich healthcare providers, healthcare consumers, and the health IT community’s understanding of certified health IT. Learn more about the challenge and how you can participate here: https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/healthit-certification/certified-health-it-product-list-chpl-data-challenge/

The ONC Certified Health IT Product List is the authoritative, comprehensive listing of health information technology (health IT) products that have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Health IT products are listed on the CHPL after eligible components have been....

The Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship is bringing the next generation of tech into public service. This summer ...
07/25/2018
Coding it Forward fellows take on federal tech & data challenges

The Coding It Forward Civic Digital Fellowship is bringing the next generation of tech into public service. This summer we hosted 3 Coding It Forward Fellows in our Office and a total of 9 fellows were placed across the Department of Health and Human Services to work on high-impact, data-driven projects. You can hear about the experience the Fellows had working in public service here: https://govmatters.tv/coding-it-forward-fellows-take-on-federal-tech-data-challenges/

Chris Kuang, co-founder of Coding it Forward, and Civic Digital Fellows Loren Hinkson, Rachel Stone, and Omer Bensaadon discuss this summer’s government technology fellowship, and the experiences they had while working at federal agencies. The second round of the Coding it Forward Civic Digital Fe...

Do you have an innovative idea to help solve a health issue affecting moms and kids today? Here’s your chance to make it...
07/24/2018
Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge | Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Do you have an innovative idea to help solve a health issue affecting moms and kids today? Here’s your chance to make it happen! Phase 1 of the Health Resources and Services Administration Preventing Childhood Obesity #prizechallenge has begun! The Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to empower low-income families to achieve healthy eating practices, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable changes within the home environment & within the broader context of their community. Learn more: https://mchbgrandchallenges.hrsa.gov/challenges/preventing-childhood-obesity

The Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge will award $375,000 in prizes to support the creation of innovative solutions to empower low-income families to achieve healthy eating practices, healthy lifestyles, and sustainable changes within the home environment – within the broader context of their...

The Office of the CTO has been a leader in the federal government in enabling the public release of more than 1,500 data...
07/20/2018
About Data Insights – The HHS IDEA Lab

The Office of the CTO has been a leader in the federal government in enabling the public release of more than 1,500 data sets collected by HHS for use by researchers and entrepreneurs. HHS is also examining how it is currently using its own data assets to make more evidence-based policy decisions. The Data Insights Initiative is exploring HHS’ data assets across all agencies and the ways in which data can be shared and connected in responsible ways to improve how HHS delivers on its mission. Learn more about the Data Insights Initiative: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/data-insights/

From across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its many agencies collect a vast array of data to better understand the health of the nation. The Office of the CTO has been a leader in the federal government in enabling the public release of more than 1,500 data sets collected by...

On June 4th, Coding it Forward welcomed nine students to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of ...
07/19/2018
HHS welcomes nine students from Coding it Forward – The HHS IDEA Lab

On June 4th, Coding it Forward welcomed nine students to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a part of its one-of-a-kind Civic Digital Fellowship.

The Civic Digital Fellowship is an engineering, product, and design internship program built for students, by students. Learn more about the Fellowship here: https://www.hhs.gov/idealab/2018/06/21/hhs-welcomes-nine-students-from-coding-it-forward/

HHS welcomes nine students from Coding it Forward June 21, 2018/in Innovating in Government, Methodologies, Tools, & Resources, News & Events /by Coding it ForwardCoding it Forward Fellows By: Coding it Forward On June 4th, Coding it Forward welcomed nine students to the Department of Health and Hum...

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