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. Read more about each project by clicking on the project picture.


FDA’s Anti-Counterfeit Device
FDA’s Anti-Counterfeit Device

Automatic X-Ray Screening for Rural Areas
Automatic X-Ray Screening for Rural Areas

Accelerating Clinical Quality Measures for the Affordable Care Act
Accelerating Clinical Quality Measures for the Affordable Care Act

Data-Driven Website Optimization Using Multivariate Testing
Data-Driven Website Optimization Using Multivariate Testing

Electronic Tracking & Transport of the Nation’s Organ Transplant System
Electronic Tracking & Transport of the Nation’s Organ Transplant System

Modernizing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
Modernizing the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System

The Body Weight Simulator
The Body Weight Simulator

NIGMS Challenge Contest: Tracing Basic Research to Medical Advances
NIGMS Challenge Contest: Tracing Basic Research to Medical Advances

The 100k Genome Project
The 100k Genome Project

Electronic Health Records in Action
Electronic Health Records in Action

Enhancing CMS Outreach with Coordination Solutions
Enhancing CMS Outreach with Coordination Solutions

Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice
Cloud-Based GIS Maps Displaying Aggregate Data on Medical Malpractice

Suicide Prevention: What’s Your Role?
Suicide Prevention: What’s Your Role?

JumpStarting Drug Review
JumpStarting Drug Review

BSL-5: CDC’S OPEN IDEA LAB
BSL-5: CDC’S OPEN IDEA LAB

Million Hearts Initiative
Million Hearts Initiative

Forming Partnerships to Develop Lifesaving Technologies
Forming Partnerships to Develop Lifesaving Technologies

Health Data Consortium Affiliates Network
Health Data Consortium Affiliates Network

Getting More Out of Video: NLM Video Search
Getting More Out of Video: NLM Video Search

Hospital Check-in Redesign
Hospital Check-in Redesign

Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information
Improving Beneficiary Access to Health Information

Internal and External Community Engagement at the HHS IDEA Lab
Internal and External Community Engagement at the HHS IDEA Lab

The National Health Service Corps Job Center
The National Health Service Corps Job Center

Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse
Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge
The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge

Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?
Digital Media, Aging, and Disability: What Works & Why?

Building a Design-Minded and More Collaborative OFA
Building a Design-Minded and More Collaborative OFA

Developing a Data-Driven ACF Workforce
Developing a Data-Driven ACF Workforce

From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic
From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic

Modernizing FDA’s Ingredient System
Modernizing FDA’s Ingredient System

Moving Towards Energy Efficient NIH Laboratories
Moving Towards Energy Efficient NIH Laboratories

Portal System: Linking Healthcare Clinics
Portal System: Linking Healthcare Clinics

Connecting Kids with Dental Care
Connecting Kids with Dental Care

FDA-TRACK
FDA-TRACK

Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters
Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters

Bridging the CHASM of Health Disparities
Bridging the CHASM of Health Disparities

VizRisk
VizRisk

Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases
Innovative Design, Development and Linkages of Databases

Revolutionizing Procurement Through the Web
Revolutionizing Procurement Through the Web

Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development
Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development

Ready, Cert, Go!
Ready, Cert, Go!

Modernizing CDC Mortality Data and Analytic Tools
Modernizing CDC Mortality Data and Analytic Tools

The NLM Pillbox: More Efficient Data Cleanup and Outputs
The NLM Pillbox: More Efficient Data Cleanup and Outputs

Health Information Exchange Accelerators
Health Information Exchange Accelerators

Supporting Tribal Grantees: ACF Makes it Simple
Supporting Tribal Grantees: ACF Makes it Simple

Bringing Clarity to Health Information: CDC Vital Signs
Bringing Clarity to Health Information: CDC Vital Signs

Automate Blue Button Initiative
Automate Blue Button Initiative

FDA-iRISK: A Fast Tool for Food Safety
FDA-iRISK: A Fast Tool for Food Safety

EMS to HIE Innovation
EMS to HIE Innovation

Whole Genome Sequencing: Future of Food Safety
Whole Genome Sequencing: Future of Food Safety

Improving Health & Stability in Food Choices
Improving Health & Stability in Food Choices

The CDC Health Game Jam 2013
The CDC Health Game Jam 2013

The NIH 3D Print Exchange
The NIH 3D Print Exchange

MONAHRQ – My Own Network, powered by AHRQ
MONAHRQ – My Own Network, powered by AHRQ

NIH Single Cell Analysis Challenge: Follow That Cell
NIH Single Cell Analysis Challenge: Follow That Cell

CMS Coordinated Press Response Strategy
CMS Coordinated Press Response Strategy

Piloting Green Laboratories
Piloting Green Laboratories

Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives
Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives

Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging
Making the Link Between Public Health & Aging

EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge
EHR Innovations for Improving Hypertension Challenge

The National Database for Autism Research
The National Database for Autism Research

IHS Workforce Development: Going Lean to Understand Needs
IHS Workforce Development: Going Lean to Understand Needs

NIH RePORT: Public Access to Research
NIH RePORT: Public Access to Research

Loan Data Integration with the Department of Education
Loan Data Integration with the Department of Education

Fast-Screening CE-MS Method for Bacteria Through Protein Pattern Recognition
Fast-Screening CE-MS Method for Bacteria Through Protein Pattern Recognition

QDR-Process Improvement Project
QDR-Process Improvement Project

Lighting the Way: NIOSH Cap Lamp
Lighting the Way: NIOSH Cap Lamp

Designing the Infrastructure for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility
Designing the Infrastructure for Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility

Project Sandbox
Project Sandbox

Online Food Handler Training Project
Online Food Handler Training Project

Breast Cancer Startup Challenge
Breast Cancer Startup Challenge

Ladder Safety: NIOSH has an App for That
Ladder Safety: NIOSH has an App for That

Resourcing Community Ideas Regionally
Resourcing Community Ideas Regionally

Increasing Efficiency in Rule Making with Natural Language Processing
Increasing Efficiency in Rule Making with Natural Language Processing

Project Boundary
Project Boundary

2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge
2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge

The NIH Clinical Center Intern Accessibility Program
The NIH Clinical Center Intern Accessibility Program

Publication Planning & Clearance Process Improvement Project
Publication Planning & Clearance Process Improvement Project

Joining Forces to Fight Childhood Obesity
Joining Forces to Fight Childhood Obesity

Collaborative Analytics Through Data Federation
Collaborative Analytics Through Data Federation

Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s
Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s

Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR)
Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR)

CDCOLOGY: A Microtasking Project
CDCOLOGY: A Microtasking Project

The Coal Dust Explosibility Meter
The Coal Dust Explosibility Meter

Scaling up NHANES Genetic Program
Scaling up NHANES Genetic Program

Education Through Wireless SMS
Education Through Wireless SMS

MedlinePlus Connect
MedlinePlus Connect

Integrating Health Insurance Marketplace Data to Visualize Efforts and Impact
Integrating Health Insurance Marketplace Data to Visualize Efforts and Impact

The Weight of the Nation Campaign
The Weight of the Nation Campaign