Typically when you think of government, the word “innovation” isn’t the first word that comes to mind.  Well it’s time to change that! The U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proud to announce that for the first time ever, the public will have the opportunity to vote on the finalists of the HHSinnovates Program.  That means, your vote will help determine which project will be selected as the winner of the “People’s Choice”.

Now in its fifth round, the HHSinnovates Program seeks not only to recognize and reward good ideas but also to facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas throughout the Department and beyond.  These new approaches are created to help carry out the Department’s mission: to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering strong, sustained advances in the sciences, underlying medicine, public health, and social services.  Employees use the innovation-conducive environment to create new solutions to solve critical problems in these areas.

With over 450 great projects submitted over five rounds since the HHSinnovates Program launched in 2010, the establishment of the “People’s Choice” will give the public a view of the innovative projects being adopted in government and health care, and also a say in what project best embodies innovative spirit, is scalable and replicable.

From an initial 60 projects submitted this round, we have chosen the top six. But now we need your help in deciding which project you feel has the ability to be the most innovative and impactful – in other words, to be the “People’s Choice”.

Click here to view the submissions and cast your vote.

Public voting is open until September 14, 2012. See two projects that are worthy of your vote? Feel like you just can’t decide which project is the best? Let us know by voting.

The awards ceremony will be held on September 24th from 11 – 11:30 AM and will be telecast onhttp://www.hhs.gov/live

For more information on the HHSinnovates Program, visit: HHSinnovates.

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