Entries by Susannah Fox

Innovation as a Problem Solving Tool in Government

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) faces an increasingly complex mission amidst rapid technological change. It has been my honor to serve as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), working with and supporting colleagues across HHS to improve operations and more efficiently deliver services to the American people. As I close out my […]

HHS is Open

On his first day in office, President Obama announced administration policies to make government serve the American people better through greater transparency, collaboration, and participation. Known as the federal government’s Open Government Initiative, each agency has developed a plan every other year outlining steps that we are taking to get better and better at being […]

The Invent Health Initiative: Hardware Innovations for the Low-Resource Environment

The stories behind the hardware innovations of health—the bootstrapped, handmade, homemade tools that have helped patients solve challenging home health or clinical care problems—have served as a focal point for our Invent Health Initiative. These stories extend beyond tools designed for direct use by the patient. What about the health care providers or researchers who […]

Health Datapalooza: New Vistas

Every spring, our team in the HHS IDEA Lab gears up for our biggest event of the year: the Health Datapalooza. It’s an annual celebration of the power of data that was started by my predecessor, Todd Park, in 2010. This year, we were honored to hear from an extraordinary lineup of leaders from private […]

Invent Health: Finding Common Ground

How many times have we heard people say, “If we could put a man on the moon, we can fix XYZ health care problem”? Or: “Hey, it’s not rocket science, right?” So, when I met Dava Newman, the Deputy Administrator at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and began a conversation with her about innovation at […]

The Invent Health Initiative: Hardware Innovations Hard at Work

As a part of our invent health blog series, we’re featuring examples of hardware innovations—both new as well as those improving or finding new uses for physical objects that already exist—that have helped enable people to live more independently, in better health, and with greater dignity. Today we’re featuring examples of assistive devices for cooking […]