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Presidential Innovation Fellows What Is the Presidential Innovations Fellows Program?

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused 6-13 month “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation.

Past and Current Activity

The current round of Presidential Innovation Fellows has a total of ten projects, two of which are in the Department of Health and Human Services.  The two projects are:

  • Open Data Initiatives - Accelerating and expanding efforts to make government information resources more publicly accessible in “computer-readable” form and spurring the use of those data by entrepreneurs as fuel for the creation of new products, services, and jobs.  At HHS, Presidential Innovation Fellow Sean Herron is unlocking the power of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) data.
  • MyData Initiatives – Empowering the American people with secure access to their own personal health, energy, and education data.  At HHS, Presidential Innovation Fellows Nayan Jain and Adam Dole are working to give patients access to their health records in a secure electronic format through Blue Button.

More information on the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/innovationfellows.

How to Apply

To apply, check the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/innovationfellows .

Current Innovation Fellows

Adam DoleAdam Dole – Adam is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Previously, Adam was an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Mayo Clinic, where he was involved in the strategic planning of new healthcare products and services.  His responsibilities included developing new ventures at the intersection of healthcare and technology to expand Mayo Clinic’s scope and reach through new business models.  While at Mayo Clinic, Adam incubated a digital health startup, Better, funded by Mayo Clinic and The Social+Capital Partnership.  Adam also managed Mayo Clinic’s relationship and investment strategy with startup accelerator Rock Health.  Adam has held previous positions at NASA’s human factors research division and two strategy and innovation consultancy firms, Jump Associates and Method Inc.  Adam’s non-traditional path to Mayo Clinic was driven by his passion for redefining the healthcare value proposition from its current focus on sick-care to a model focused on consumer value, engagement, and disease prevention.  He received a BS in Communications from Syracuse University and an MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts.  He currently lives in California with his wife Kyoko and enjoys surfing, biking, running marathons, and competitive skydiving.

 Sean HerronSean Herron – Sean is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Open Data Initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration.  Sean is a digital strategist, web developer, and policy expert dedicated to creating easier ways for citizens to interact with their government. Most recently, he served as a Strategist in the Open Innovation office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he spearheaded open-data and open source initiatives for the agency and helped create the International Space Apps Challenge, a global hackathon that aims to solve some of the most critical issues facing space exploration.  Sean has a passion for web standards and responsive design, and he frequently works with organizations around the world to help them communicate with their audiences more effectively.  He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Public Policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

 Nayan JainNayan Jain – Nayan  is a Presidential Innovation Fellow working on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Nayan is an engineer and healthcare hacker with a passion for developing software that is able to simplify complexities by reducing noise and finding patterns in data.  His career in health IT began as an undergraduate with a design for an administrative database for the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory Hospital.  After graduating and a stint writing applications for back-office propane systems, Nayan joined the DC-based startup, Audax Health.  While serving as Director of Mobile Technology at Audax, he helped build the core Zensey mobile and web platforms that aim to drive behavior change through consumer engagement and social game mechanics.  Nayan collaborated to build MedTuner, an artificial intelligence that alerts its followers of important health events using techniques in machine learning and natural language processing, which was awarded first place at the 2012 Health 2.0 Developers’ World Cup in San Francisco, CA.  Nayan was most recently selected by Google to be a Glass Explorer and is looking forward to building wearable experiences that will help improve lives and patient outcomes.  He graduated with a BS in Computational Media, primarily focused on Human Computer Interaction and Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Nayan can be classified as nomadic – he currently lives in Connecticut but spends his spare time in New York.

Related Blog Posts

Read a blog post by Deputy US Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation Jennifer Pahlka and Acting Administrator of the US General Services Administration Dan Tangherlini introducing the 2nd round of Presidential Innovation Fellows.

Read the blog post by US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and US Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel announcing the launch of the 2nd round of Presidential Innovation Fellows here

Read the blog post by Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett and US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park on the Administration’s commitment to diversity in technology here

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Presidential Innovation Fellows Projects

Below is the Presidential Innovation Fellows Project Gallery. To read more about each project click on the beaker icon (beaker icon) under the project title.

Blue Button Project
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