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Read more about Above and Beyond: Summer with the HHS Civic Digital Fellows
Time flies when you’re having fun, and this summer flew by with the 2019 Civic Digital Fellows!
Read more about Welcome Civic Digital Fellows
A cohort of innovative, talented minds joined our office this summer. Five Civic Digital Fellows are working with the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) on projects using data, emerging technologies, UX, and innovation. Ed Simcox, Chief Technology Officer, is excited to have the fellows on board. He says “Our office is considered the front door to HHS for innovation, so having the Fellows join us is the perfect learning opportunity, as well as a great opportunity for HHS to learn from people outside government.”
Read more about IHS Modernization: Focus on the patients
Healthcare in America is a pairing of extremes. When ranked, the United States has some of the very best and the very worst healthcare metrics.
Read more about Lyme Innovation Roundtable Highlights and Next Steps
The Lyme Innovation Roundtable Summary Report, published by the Center for Open Data Enterprise, is available with an overview of highlights, recommendations, and actionable next steps that participants discussed at HHS on December 4, 2018, to harness the power of collaboration, data-driven innovation, and emerging technologies for Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
Read more about Indian Health Service IT Modernization
Team members explore how human-centered design principles impact the Indian Health Service health IT modernization effort.
Read more about Deep Dive on “TOP Health”: Data + Technology+ Innovation for Lyme
After a 14-week “TOP Health” technology sprint, four of 11 teams delivered digital tools that utilized federal open data or artificial intelligence (AI) to address Lyme and tick-borne diseases. These teams’ results were showcased over two days of events at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building and at the Census Bureau as part of “The Opportunity Project” (TOP) Demo Day 2019.
Read more about Meet the new HHS Ignite Accelerator Program Director
Margeaux Akazawa joined the Office of the CTO team to lead the Ignite Accelerator Program, an internal innovation accelerator for HHS staff that have an idea to improve how their agency or office works. The 8th round of the Ignite Program begins on March 12th. Margeaux joins us from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT where she worked on consumer engagement and patient access to health information.
Read more about Deep Dive: How a Health Tech Sprint Pioneered an AI Ecosystem
Seven teams created digital tools that help in finding experimental therapies for patients, and for clinical trials to recruit new patients.
Read more about Phase 1 of the Redesign Dialysis Challenge Receives 165 Submissio
This past October, in partnership with the American Society of Nephrology, my office launched the first KidneyX prize, ‘Redesign Dialysis’. Now, less than 5 months later, the first phase of the prize has come to a close.
Read more about Access to immunization records empowers families in Washington
The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in partnership with the private sector, supports and promotes MyIR (My Immunization Record) which allows people to instantly access, download, and print their immunization records from home, thereby empowering rapid, informed decision making for families.

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