Entries by Susannah Fox

The Invent Health Initiative: Hardware Innovations for the Low-Resource Environment

The stories behind the hardware innovations of health—the bootstrapped, handmade, homemade tools that have helped patients solve challenging home health or clinical care problems—have served as a focal point for our Invent Health Initiative. These stories extend beyond tools designed for direct use by the patient. What about the health care providers or researchers who […]

Health Datapalooza: New Vistas

Every spring, our team in the HHS IDEA Lab gears up for our biggest event of the year: the Health Datapalooza. It’s an annual celebration of the power of data that was started by my predecessor, Todd Park, in 2010. This year, we were honored to hear from an extraordinary lineup of leaders from private […]

Invent Health: Finding Common Ground

How many times have we heard people say, “If we could put a man on the moon, we can fix XYZ health care problem”? Or: “Hey, it’s not rocket science, right?” So, when I met Dava Newman, the Deputy Administrator at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and began a conversation with her about innovation at […]

The Invent Health Initiative: Hardware Innovations Hard at Work

As a part of our invent health blog series, we’re featuring examples of hardware innovations—both new as well as those improving or finding new uses for physical objects that already exist—that have helped enable people to live more independently, in better health, and with greater dignity. Today we’re featuring examples of assistive devices for cooking […]

The Power of Public Access

Catherine is a woman I met through my fieldwork in communities of people living with rare disease. When she was pregnant with her second child, she couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong. During a routine sonogram about midway through her pregnancy, her doctor identified bilateral choroid plexus cysts, or CPCs, which can be an […]

opePutting Engaged and Empowered Individuals at the Center of our Health Care System

At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we are working toward transforming our health care system into one that puts individuals at the center. By making prices and quality information more accessible, providing the right tools to help people navigate the system, and listening to patients, we can help engage and empower people […]

Kid Inventors Focus on Health

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 […]