Secretary Burwell and Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield announced this year’s honorees (listed below) at the HHS Innovates Awards ceremony in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Washington, D.C. on June 24th at 11:00 am.

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Project Fish SCALE

Through the development, transfer, and implementation of innovative state-of-the-art forensic techniques, Project Fish SCALE (Seafood Compliance and Labeling Enforcement) addresses the Food and Drug Administration’s critical need to rapidly and accurately identify seafood products during illness outbreak investigations, and to enforce proper labeling of seafood to prevent mislabeling and fraud. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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Stretching NIH Research Dollars Further

Through providing free access to data and pay-per-use access to unlimited computing power, the Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse at the National Institutes of Health enables worldwide scientific collaborations to flourish with minimal startup and overhead costs. This innovative clearinghouse facilitates discovery neuroscience for researchers lacking the means for data collection and complex image analysis or wishing to replicate research to validate hypotheses. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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The NIH 3D Print Exchange (Secretary’s Pick)

An online portal to increase accessibility and exchange of 3D printing files to further scientific research. The goal of this tool, developed by the National Institutes of Health, is to empower researchers, physicians, and the public with high-quality, informative models that inspire new discoveries that transform science and health care. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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A “CoIIN” to Reduce Infant Mortality

The Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) is a platform for states to engage in collaborative learning together as ‘cyberteams’, apply quality improvement methods, and spread policy and program innovation – which in turn accelerates improvement in strategies that are influencing birth outcomes. This innovation was co-developed by Health Resources and Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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Transforming Health Provider Loan Repayment Programs (Secretary’s Pick)

The reengineering of the National Health Service Corps and NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration has reduced the processing time of 3,200 loan repayment awards by 6 months, saved more than $3 million in taxpayer dollars, improved customer satisfaction, and boosted employee productivity since 2013. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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Linking Health Care & Community Services

A learning collaborative that makes it possible to break down barriers between medical and community services to achieve better care, smarter spending and healthier people. The Administration for Community Living’s learning collaborative is making community organizations better business partners and linking health care and community services to better meet the needs of the people HHS serves. Click here to learn more about this innovation.


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Peri-Operative Surgical Home (Employees’ Choice)

The Indian Health Service Phoenix Indian Medical Center is improving the care of complex surgical patients by creating the processes, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and staff education necessary to safely deliver the highest standard of care to the most challenging patients in a cost effective way. POSH puts the patient first! Click here to learn more about this innovation.