The path from basic scientific discovery to methods and technologies that improve patient care can be lengthy and complex. HHS is committed to promoting faster translation of research into practice, and ensuring that it meets the varying needs of diverse communities in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways. Accelerating this process can help HHS meet its goals, including promoting high-value, safe, and effective health care, eliminating health disparities, supporting informed decision-making, and ultimately, improving health outcomes.
- Accelerate Biomedical Discovery through Innovation
HHS is accelerating biomedical discovery through innovative methodologies and technology. HHS will continue to support fundamental discoveries that expand the knowledge base in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. HHS is accelerating scientific discovery by promoting ongoing cross-agency development of information systems capable of storing, organizing, and sharing vast amounts of data with researchers around the globe.
- Catalyze Health Research Globally
HHS and HHS-supported researchers are collaborating with scientists worldwide to understand all the factors that influence human health and to find new tools and effective approaches that will help diagnose, prevent, and control disease. HHS is studying individuals, populations, infectious organisms, and environmental and other risk factors with the ultimate goal of improving health in the United States and worldwide. This engagement allows us to exchange knowledge and best practices that can accelerate research and innovation, improve the health of people in the U.S. and abroad.
- Enable Efficient Regulatory Review
HHS is facilitating the fast-tracking of medical innovations to integrate biomedical research planning and regulatory review. HHS is supporting training of regulatory scientists to develop the skills necessary to integrate research planning and the regulation of resulting biomedical products. HHS is developing cross-agency initiatives to support regulatory science to enhance the safety, quality, and efficiency of clinical research and medical product approval.
- Translate Novel Research Discoveries into Therapies
HHS is exploring new partnerships that can help academic investigators translate basic science into new therapies—effectively “de-risking” projects for commercial development. HHS is providing researchers with large-scale screening resources to facilitate identification of small molecules that may have a beneficial effect against a disease target. HHS also is providing resources for preclinical evaluation of promising therapeutics, and is building a national network of clinical research centers to enable clinical trials of promising compounds.
Support the Science of Health Care Reform
HHS supports patient-centered research to identify high-quality, high-value drugs, surgeries, and other treatment options. HHS supports research on personalized medicine, behavioral science, health economics, health disparities, and health services. Health services research is important to ensure the best evidence is used to improve health care delivery. By examining and enhancing the most effective ways to integrate preventive, screening, diagnostic, and treatment health services into community practice, HHS further supports more effective individualized prevention efforts, as well as methods to deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
- Disseminate Health Information to the Public
HHS is developing a comprehensive plan for more effectively disseminating health information to the public. HHS is carefully examining the effectiveness of information tailored to underserved populations, which often have greater risk of certain diseases and conditions.