HHS funds internal innovation projects

HHS funds internal innovation projects

The Department of Health and Human Services has selected five projects to fund through the Secretary’s HHS Ventures program, which is designed to support innovative agency ideas to advance and improve department processes.

A competitive yearly program, HHS Ventures invests in early-stage projects with potential to improve an office, agency or the entire department. This year’s round of funding will award a total of $408,200 to a broader range of applications and stakeholders, HHS officials said.

The funded projects include:

  • An automated autism classification system for public health surveillance that uses machine-learning to speed childhood autism classifications in large surveys, reducing clinicians’ workloads.
  • A national antimicrobial resistance monitoring system, which will use a mobile app to decrease manual data entry of samples collected in the field, quickly process food safety monitoring data and provide real-time surveillance.
  • A federal HR wiki that could help manage human resources knowledge.
  • A joint-agency global bidding and assignment system for recruiting, training and filling spots in the overseas global public health workforce.
  • An automated employee onboarding process for hiring and processing special government employees.

This year’s leadership support and mentorship for the projects comes from the HHS Office of the Secretary, the directors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute as well as the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the acting administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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