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New HHSinnovates winners show culture of innovation at HHS

March 31, 2012

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced six winners in the HHSinnovates program in a ceremony at HHS headquarters, saying all the entries “show a vibrant culture of innovation” within the department.

“The HHSinnovates program celebrates inventive new ideas to help carry out the mission of the department,” Secretary Sebelius said. “We have tapped into a culture of collaboration, creativity and innovation that encourages out of the box thinking to improve our service to Americans.”

Secretary Sebelius launched the program in 2010 to reward innovative projects and spur accelerated innovation throughout one of the largest federal departments. Six top winners are selected and recognized twice each year. This is the fourth round of winners that HHS has announced since launching in 2010. The program allows all HHS employees to vote for the best entries via a secure online portal. In the fourth round of the program, about 13,000 votes were cast by HHS employees, the highest number of employee votes of any round to date.

HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr emphasized the importance of collaboration for successful innovation. “Innovation depends on building from idea to idea, and we want all HHS employees to be able to benefit from the innovative work being done throughout the department,” he said. The fourth round of HHSinnovates included several exciting new features, including the opportunity for entrants to obtain peer coaching from previous winners, acting as mentors, as well as access to a database of past innovation nominations that have been submitted to the contest.

The winners included three “Secretary’s Picks” and three honorable mentions.
Electronic Patient Tracking in Disasters
Connecting Kids with Dental Care
Million Hearts Initiative
Leveraging the Public to Catch Fugitives
Bridging the CHASM of Health Disparities

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