HHS Ignite Accelerator: We’ve Published the Pages of this Round’s 23 Projects

Photo collage comprised of a top photo and a bottom photo, both of which show boot camp teams smiling

The teams in Boot Camp Alpha (top) and Boot Camp Bravo pause for group photos after completing their 3-day training and design sprint.


A month ago, we announced the 23 teams that had been accepted into the Spring 2016 Round of our HHS Ignite Accelerator, our 3-month internal innovation startup program. Since that announcement, each team has gone through a three day Boot Camp. Part training, part design sprint, our Boot Camps are a mix of lectures, workshops, and brainpower focused towards figuring out what problem or problems the team want(s) to work on, and how to prototype and test against that problem to learn what works.

During these three days, teams refine their project scope, hone their pitch, and maybe even change their team makeup. We posted a separate blog post on the Boot Camp itself. This blog post is a report on the fruits of labor.

Here are the 23 projects of the Spring 2016 HHS Ignite Accelerator, listed in alphabetical order:

Addressing NPDB Perceptions: Exploring physicians’ perceptions and use of medical malpractice reports.

ANA’s DataQuest Project: Liberating ACF’s existing Native American data to improve reporting and understanding of Native children, families, and communities.

ANA Grant Application Toolkit: Identifying and developing tools and strategies to enhance the grant application success of emerging Native organizations.

The ASA Project Management Skills Bank: Guiding project managers through the project planning phases to assist them in bringing their project to successful completion.

Cloud Caffeine: Catalyzing cloud adoption at NIH to enable science, anywhere.

CMS FOIA and Correspondence Online Request System: Reducing time and saving money by creating an online entry system for FOIA requestors and correspondence to the CMS Administrator.

Coordinating and Collaborating Across TPP Programs: Exploring how to improve the Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantee experience across three federal Agencies (CDC, OASH, and ACF).

Know Your TANF: Developing tools for stakeholders to explore and share state TANF data to inform policy decisions.

Increasing Kidney Transplant by Reducing Discards: Providing transplant physicians with better information on kidney quality and expected outcomes to inform decision-making and reduce the risk of discard.

Initiative for Translational Discoveries: Tracking and predicting the bench-to-bedside translation of biomedical knowledge to inform decision-making with data.

The PIMC The Medicine Wheel Project: Improving access to health and healing at Phoenix Indian Medical Center (PIMC).

NIOSH Nexus: Helping NIOSH employees make the connection of who does what where.

The Partnership Alignment Information Response System (PAIRS): Creating a sustainable cross divisional collaborative approach for consistent delivery of meaningful resources and support to Head Start and Child Care Grantees.

Project CURE: Delivering tailored information to recipients with different needs that they will use to make healthier workplaces.

Project REAQT: Improving drug quality through rapid response and early collaborations with industry.

Putting Consumers at the Center: Empowering HHS staff to engage consumers throughout the process of public-facing resource creation.

Rapid Opioid Alert and Response (ROAR): Preventing opioid overdose by linking heroin users to life-saving resources and information.

Rethinking Lead Poisoning Prevention: Improving the effectiveness of CDC’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

Scribe: Building a robust system to allow collection of patient-reported outcome data directly from patients on the web and feed it directly into clinical research systems.

Shakespeare Electronic Health Records Project: Earlier detection of patient harms using big data techniques on electronic health records (EHRs) free text notes.

Sourcing the Crowd: Improving patient input in AHRQ’s report-making process.

System To Prevent GBS infections (SToP GBS): Providing clinicians patient-specific recommendations to prevent Group B Strep infections in newborns through electronic medical records.

The #Unsuck Training Initiative: Exploring ways to improve the learning experience for HHS staff.