By Michael J. Ackerman – Can you identify a pill by its shape, color, and markings? Chances are you can’t, but you know of times when it would be useful. You could use your smartphone to take a picture of a mystery pill and almost immediately see what it most likely could be.
By Susannah Fox – On Sunday, January 17, I spoke at the kick off event for the 5th annual Invent It challenge at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This is the first year that the challenge is oriented around a topic – health – and I was thrilled to be part of it as we roll out the Invent Health initiative here at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
By Malini Sekhar – The notion of innovating in government is a cool thing to say and think about these days. But what does that actually mean for leadership and managers seeking to operationalize and spread this vision?
By Audie Atienza – As part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K), NIH is pleased to partner with the Wellcome Trust, with additional support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to launch the Open Science Prize – a prize competition supporting the development of technology platforms and tools that make open biomedical data more discoverable, accessible, analyzable, and citable.
By Adnan Mahmud – Local health officials are responsible for promoting the health of the populations they serve. However, they don’t always have access to the most effective tools for communicating about priority health issues. Obesity is one of the most critical health epidemics of our time, and health officers are working hard to address it right in the communities where they live.
By Malini Sekhar – In a few weeks, we’re hosting our next Demo Day at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), featuring an introduction into innovation with the HHS IDEA Lab and a series of rapid-fire presentations from the teams currently being supported by the Summer 2015 HHS Ignite Accelerator.
By Susannah Fox – The public conversation about health and health care can be fast-paced and free-wheeling — words not often associated with the federal government. While we are not in control of the conversation, government workers can still listen and contribute to it.
By Susannah Fox – On June 30th, Secretary Burwell and Acting Deputy Secretary Wakefield announced the winners of this year’s HHS Innovates Awards. It was a celebration and a call to action.
By Chris Boone – It’s hard to hide from the data – obesity is a growing and global challenge we must collectively fight. Today, the adult obesity rate in England is almost 25 percent and projected to affect 60 percent of adult men and 50 percent of women by 2050. Over one-third of U.S. adults are obese.