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Read more about At Code-A-Thon, Participants To Develop Opioid Epidemic Solutions
This week programmers from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., to take part in a code-a-thon hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their challenge: Do what they can in 24 hours to help the federal government better understand the nature of the opioid epidemic, and identify ways we might begin to ease it.
Read more about HHS Innovation Day is back!
We, at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, home of the HHS IDEA Lab, are proud to announce HHS Innovation Day, Innovation with Impact, on December 13 in the Hubert Humphrey Headquarters Building from 9 AM- 4 PM.
Read more about Data Science CoLab: Connecting Communities Across HHS
If you've often wondered how to improve processes and analyze large amounts of information, data science could be for you. Industry recognizes data science, the art of using programming and mathematical statistics to solve problems, as an effective way to generate decision-making evidence.
Read more about Fall 2017 HHS Ignite Accelerator: Selecting the Teams
At the HHS IDEA Lab, we have selected the 7th round of teams for the HHS Ignite Accelerator (Ignite), the Department's internal innovation startup program for staff who want to improve the way their program, office, or agency works.
Read more about How an Entrepreneur-in-Residence changed the culture at CMS
When I came to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011, I pulled the results from the latest Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey - a survey of federal employee satisfaction. I discovered that CMS was in the bottom quintile for the entire Federal government. My office, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), was at the bottom of CMS.
Read more about Rapid Opioid Alert & Response (ROAR) to Address Opioid Epidemic
'HHS Ignite Team continues their work after the program and scales up ROAR to save lives'
Read more about HRSA Word Gap Challenge Yields Tech-based Interventions
HRSA embarked upon this federal challenge to address the "Word Gap," the large difference in exposure to language for children from low-income families compared to children from high-income families. By age four, children from low-income families have heard 30 million fewer words than those from higher-income families. This affects how young children develop language skills, their performance in school, and eventually their success in life.
Read more about HHS Ventures Team Helps Detect Disease Outbreaks
It was a no brainer for the HHS Ventures Fund to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) GHOST project in its latest round of funding.
Read more about Health Datapalooza 2017 - The Data Revolution Rolls On
Themes for the 8th annual Health Datapalooza include consumer market places, value based care and health care redesign through data.
Read more about Ignite Launches its Sixth Round with a 3 Day Design Sprint
Last week, 13 teams descended on the Hubert Humphrey Building to jumpstart projects addressing important problems or opportunities that affect how the Department ensures the health and well-being of Americans. They are starting their journey in Ignite, the Department's internal innovation startup program for staff that want to improve the way their program, office, or agency works.

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