As part of the open government efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHSInnovates was created in 2010. The program solicits innovative ideas from HHS employees, and puts the top innovations up for voting and feedback from the entire HHS community. Here’s a brief promotional video on the program, which includes solutions over a wide variety of topics.
The fifth round is currently underway, and public input is desired. Until September 14, the people can vote on the six top innovations. The winner will be deemed the peoples’ choice, and the selected project team will meet with agency leadership to discuss the project. The same is true for the winner selected by the HHS Secretary.
Of the nominees, my personal favorite is NIH RePORT, which provides a single point of contact to search all of National Institutes of Health sponsored research. You can vote for the project online. If you’d rather vote for one of the other projects (food safety is a big theme this year), visit this web page to find out how.
Voting is open until September 14. Winners will be recognized at a ceremony on September 22 which should be available online.