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About the Office of the CTO

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) faces an increasingly complex mission amidst rapid technological change.

HHS also faces the immense challenge of ensuring that the 90,000 or so federal employees across 11 distinct operating divisions, 16 staff divisions, and 10 regional offices function effectively in real time in order to advance its mission.

The current times call for new, creative ideas and actions that fundamentally alter and improve the way we do business.

That’s where the Office of the Chief Technology Officer / IDEA Lab comes in.

We harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to create a more modern and effective government that works to improve the health of the nation. Our initiatives are rooted in three key areas: empower internal innovation, leverage external talent and creativity, and build collaborative communities to tackle cross-cutting issues of strategic importance.

Our Approach & Initiatives

Our approach to the challenge of creating a culture of innovation is to help HHS employees and leaders shine a spotlight on a problem, and then invite people from the private sector to contribute their expertise. HHS employees also use our programs to test and develop their ideas in an entrepreneurial environment.

Initiatives include:

HHS Ignite Accelerator - Providing HHS staff a startup environment to test new ideas.

HHS Ventures Fund - Investing in and scaling internal innovations that dramatically improve HHS’s capabilities.

HHS Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program - Recruiting outside talent to solve complex problems in health and the delivery of human services.

HHS Competes - Leveraging incentive prize competitions to source external solutions.

Health Data Initiative - Liberating health & social service data to serve the public.

HHS Buyers Club - Modernizing IT acquisition by testing new methods.

HHS Innovates Awards - Celebrating innovative solutions developed by HHS employees.

Invent Health Initiative - Empowering inventors to create tools for better living and better clinical care.

We invite you to learn more about data, technology, and innovation at HHS.

Content created by Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Content last reviewed on October 10, 2017