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The HHS IDEA Lab believes in experimentation. Below are past and current projects that are tackling some of the toughest problems in health care and government. Each project is associated with one of our Pathways.

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Entrepreneurs Icon HHS Entrepreneurs
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  • Projects: Presidential Innovation Fellows
  • Projects: Sammies
Accelerating Clinical Quality Measures Project
Accelerating Clinical Quality Measures for the Affordable Care Act
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Accelerating Clinical Quality Measures for the Affordable Care Act
Anti-Cancer Research Project
Anti-Cancer Research
Sammies Beaker: Anti-Cancer Research
Application of Design Thinking Project
Application of Design Thinking to Grants
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Application of Design Thinking to Grants
Automate Blue Button Project
Automate Blue Button Initiative
hhs-innovator-in-residence Beaker: Automate Blue Button Initiative
AUTOMATIC X-RAY SCREENING FOR RURAL AREAS
Automatic X-Ray Screening For Rural Areas
Ignite Icon Beaker: Automatic X-Ray Screening For Rural Areas
Blue Button Project
Blue Button Project
hhs-innovator-in-residence Blue Button Project
Breast Cancer Startup Challenge
Breast Cancer Startup Challenge
Innovates Icon Beaker: BREAST CANCER STARTUP CHALLENGE
CHASM
Bridging the CHASM of Health Disparities
Innovates Icon Beaker: Bridging the CHASM of Health Disparities
CDC Vital Signs Project
Bringing Clarity to Health Information: CDC Vital Signs
Innovates Icon Beaker: Bringing Clarity to Health Information: CDC Vital Signs
Health Resilience Technology Project
Building Health Resilience Technology to Withstand Natural Disasters
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Building Health Resilience Technology to Withstand Natural Disasters
BSL-5: CDC’S OPEN IDEA LAB
BSL-5: CDC’S OPEN IDEA LAB
Ignite Icon Beaker: BSL-5: CDC’S OPEN IDEA LAB
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CDCOLOGY: A Microtasking Project
Ignite Icon Beaker: CDC Microtasking Project; CDC-Ology
Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice
Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice
CMS Press Project
CMS Coordinated Press Response Strategy
Ignite Icon  Beaker: Coordinated Press Response Strategy
COLLABORATIVE ANALYTICS THROUGH DATA FEDERATION
Collaborative Analytics Through Data Federation
Ignite Icon Beaker: Collaborative Analytics Through Data Federation
Connecting Kids with Dental Care
Connecting Kids with Dental Care
Innovates Icon Beaker: Connecting Kids with Dental Care
Connecting to Combat Alzheimer's Project
Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s
Innovates Icon Beaker: Connecting to Combat Alzheimer's
Creating De-Identified Claims Data
Creating De-Identified Claims Data
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Creating De-Identified Claims Data
Creating a polio-free world
Creating a Polio-Free World
Sammies Beaker: Creating a Polio-Free World
Data-Driven Website Optimization Using Multivariate Testing
Data-Driven Website Optimization Using Multivariate Testing
Ignite Icon Beaker: Data-Driven Website Optimization Using Multivariate Testing
Designing the infrastructure for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility
Designing the Infrastructure for Medicaid & CHIP Eligibility
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Designing the Infrastructure for Medicaid & CHIP Eligibility
Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why
Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?
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Developing a Data-Driven ACF Workforce
Ignite Icon Beaker: Developing a Data Driven Child Welfare Workforce
Education through wireless SMS
Education Through Wireless SMS
Innovates Icon Beaker: Education Through Wireless SMS
Electronic Health Records in Action
Electronic Health Records in Action
Innovates Icon Beaker: Electronic Health Records in Action
Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters
Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters
Innovates Icon Beaker: Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters
Electronic Tracking & Transport of the Nation's Organ Transplant System
Electronic Tracking & Transport of the Nation’s Organ Transplant System
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Electronic Tracking & Transport of the Nation’s Organ Transplant System
ENHANCING CMS OUTREACH WITH COORDINATION SOLUTIONS
Enhancing CMS Outreach with Coordination Solutions
Ignite Icon Beaker: Enhancing CMS Outreach with Coordination Solutions
Fast-Screening CE-MS Method for Bacteria Through Protein Pattern Recognition
Fast-Screening CE-MS Method for Bacteria Through Protein Pattern Recognition
Ignite Icon Beaker: Fast-Screening CE-MS Method for Bacteria Through Protein Pattern Recognition
FDA-iRISK
FDA-iRISK: A Fast Tool for Food Safety
Innovates Icon Beaker: FDA-iRISK: A Fast Tool for Food Safety
FDA Track
FDA-TRACK Gallery Submissions
Innovates Icon Beaker: FDA-TRACK Gallery Submissions
FDA’s Anti-Counterfeit Device
FDA’s Anti-Counterfeit Device
Innovates Icon Beaker: FDA’s Anti-Counterfeit Device
Forming Partnerships to Develop Lifesaving Technologies
Forming Partnerships to Develop Lifesaving Technologies
Innovates Icon Beaker: Forming Partnerships to Develop Lifesaving Technologies
From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic
From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic
Innovates Icon Beaker: From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic
Getting more out of Video: NLM Video Search
Getting more out of Video: NLM Video Search
Innovates Icon Beaker: Getting more out of Video: NLM Video Search
Health Data Consortium Affiliates Network
Health Data Consortium Affiliates Network
hhs-innovator-in-residence Beaker: Health Data Consortium Affiliates Network
Health Information Exchange Accelerators
Health Information Exchange Accelerators
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Health Information Exchange Accelerators
Healthcare Practitioner Credentialing Portal
Healthcare Practitioner Credentialing Portal
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Healthcare Practitioner Credentialing Portal
Hospital Check In Redesign
Hospital Check-in Redesign
Ignite Icon Beaker: Hospital Check-in Redesign
IHS Workforce Development: Going Lean to Understand Needs
IHS Workforce Development: Going Lean to Understand Needs
Ignite Icon Beaker: Building a Bigger Pie: IHS Workforce Development
Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information
Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information
Improving Health & Stability in Food Choices
Improving Health & Stability in Food Choices
Innovates Icon Beaker: Improving Health & Stability in Food Choices
Increasing Efficiency in Rule Making with Natural Language Processing
Increasing Efficiency in Rule Making with Natural Language Processing
Ignite Icon Beaker: Increasing Efficiency in Rulemaking by Organizing Public Comment
Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases
Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases
Integrating Health Insurance Marketplace Data to Visualize Efforts and Impact
Integrating Health Insurance Marketplace Data to Visualize Efforts and Impact
Ignite Icon Beaker: Streamlining Project Management in Marketplace Communication & Outreach
Joining Forces to Fight Childhood Obesity
Joining Forces to Fight Childhood Obesity
Innovates Icon Beaker: Joining Forces to Fight Childhood Obesity
JumpStarting Drug Review
JumpStarting Drug Review
Innovates Icon Beaker: JumpStarting Drug Review
LADDER SAFETY: NIOSH HAS AN APP FOR THAT
Ladder Safety: NIOSH has an App for That
Innovates Icon Beaker: LADDER SAFETY: NIOSH HAS AN APP FOR THAT
Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives
Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives
Innovates Icon Beaker: Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives
Lighting the Way: NIOSH Cap Lamp
Lighting the Way: NIOSH Cap Lamp
Innovates Icon Beaker: Lighting the Way: NIOSH Cap Lamp
LOAN DATA SHARING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Loan Data Sharing with the Department of Education
Ignite Icon Beaker: Loan Data Sharing with the Department of Education
Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging
Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging
Innovates Icon Beaker: Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging
MedlinePlus Connect
MedlinePlus Connect
Innovates Icon Beaker: Ready, Cert, Go!
Million Hearts Initiative
Million Hearts Initiative
Innovates Icon Beaker: Million Hearts Initiative
Modernizing CDC Mortality Data and Analytic Tools
Modernizing CDC Mortality Data and Analytic Tools
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Modernizing CDC Mortality Data and Analytic Tools
MODERNIZING FDA’S INGREDIENT SYSTEM
Modernizing FDA’s Ingredient System
Ignite Icon Beaker: Modernizing FDA’s Ingredient System
Modernizing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration
Modernizing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Modernizing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
MONAHRQ – My Own Network, powered by AHRQ
MONAHRQ – My Own Network, powered by AHRQ
Innovates Icon Beaker: MONAHRQ – My Own Network, powered by AHRQ
Moving Drug Addiction Science into the Mainstream
Moving Drug Addiction Science into the Mainstream
Sammies Beaker: Moving Drug Addiction Science into the Mainstream
Moving Towards Energy Efficient NIH Laboratories
Moving Towards Energy Efficient NIH Laboratories
Ignite Icon Beaker: Moving Towards Energy Efficient Laboratories
NIAD FreeStuff: Stretching Tax Dollars
NIAD FreeStuff: Stretching Tax Dollars
Innovates Icon Beaker: NIAD FreeStuff: Stretching Tax Dollars
NIH RePORT: Public Access to Research
NIH RePORT: Public Access to Research
Innovates Icon Beaker: NIH RePORT: Public Access to Research
Online Food Handler Training Project
Online Food Handler Training Project
Innovates Icon Beaker: Online Food Handler Training Project
openFDA
openFDA
hhs-innovator-in-residence openFDA
Stopping a Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Stopping a Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Sammies Beaker: Stopping a Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Piloting Green Laboratories
Piloting Green Laboratories
Innovates Icon Beaker: Piloting Green Laboratories
Suicide Prevention: What’s Your Role?
Suicide Prevention: What’s Your Role?
Innovates Icon Beaker: Suicide Prevention: What's Your Role?
Superbug Code Breakers
Superbug Code Breakers
Sammies Beaker: superbug code
Portal System: Linking Healthcare Clinics
Portal System: Linking Healthcare Clinics
Innovates Icon Beaker: Portal System: Linking Healthcare Clinics
Supporting Tribal Grantees: ACF Makes it Simple
Supporting Tribal Grantees: ACF Makes it Simple
Innovates Icon Beaker: Supporting Tribal Grantees: ACF Makes it Simple
Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse
Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse
Innovates Icon Beaker: Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse
The 100k Genome Project
The 100k Genome Project
Innovates Icon Beaker: The 100k Genome Project
Publication Planning & Clearance Process Improvement Project
Publication Planning & Clearance Process Improvement Project
Entrepreneurs Icon Beaker: Publication Planning & Clearance Process Improvement Project
The Body Weight Simulator
The Body Weight Simulator
Innovates Icon Beaker: The Body Weight Simulator
The CDC Health Game Jam 2013
The CDC Health Game Jam 2013
Ignite Icon Beaker: CDC Health Game Jam 2013
Ready, Cert, Go!
Ready, Cert, Go!
Innovates Icon Beaker: Ready, Cert, Go!
The Coal Dust Explosibility Meter
The Coal Dust Explosibility Meter
Innovates Icon Beaker: The Coal Dust Explosibility Meter
Project Boundary
Project Boundary
hhs-innovator-in-residence Beaker: Project Boundary
Project Sandbox
Project Sandbox
hhs-innovator-in-residence Beaker: Project Sandbox
Million Hearts Initiative
The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge
hhs-innovator-in-residence Beaker: The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge
QDR-PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (QPIP)
QDR-Process Improvement Project
Ignite Icon Beaker: QDR-Process Improvement Project
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Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR)
Ignite Icon Beaker: Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR)
RESOURCING COMMUNITY IDEAS REGIONALLY
Resourcing Community Ideas Regionally
Ignite Icon Beaker: Resourcing Community Ideas Regionally
SCALING UP NHANES GENETIC PROGRAM
Scaling up NHANES Genetic Program
Ignite Icon Beaker: Scaling up NHANES Genetic Program
The National Database for Autism Research
The National Database for Autism Research
Innovates Icon Beaker: The National Database for Autism Research
Revolutionizing Procurement Through the Web
Revolutionizing Procurement Through the Web
Innovates Icon Beaker: Revolutionizing Procurement Through the Web
The National Health Service Corps Job Center
The National Health Service Corps Job Center
Innovates Icon Beaker: The National Health Service Corps Job Center
The NIH 3D Print Exchange
The NIH 3D Print Exchange
Ignite Icon Beaker: The NIH 3D Print Exchange
THE NIH CLINICAL CENTER VIRTUAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The NIH Clinical Center Intern Accessibility Program
Ignite Icon Beaker: The NIH Clinical Center Intern Accessibility Program
The NLM Pillbox: More Efficient Data Cleanup and Outputs
The NLM Pillbox: More Efficient Data Cleanup and Outputs
Ignite Icon  Beaker: Pillbox Takes the Red Pill
Using Motion Comics to Educate Young People about HIV and STD’s
Using Motion Comics to Educate Young People About HIV and STD’s
Innovates Icon Beaker: USING MOTION COMICS TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT HIV AND STD’S
The Weight of the Nation Campaign
The Weight of the Nation Campaign
Innovates Icon Beaker: The Weight of the Nation Campaign
Whole Genome Sequencing: Future of Food Safety
Whole Genome Sequencing: Future of Food Safety
Innovates Icon Beaker: WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING: FUTURE OF FOOD SAFETY

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