|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2012
Contact: HHS Press Office
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
announced the first class of the HHS External Innovation Fellows.
Selected from an applicant pool of more than 100 innovators, the six External Fellows will spend the next six to 12 months working on projects focused on solving critical health care problems.
The External Fellows announced today have backgrounds ranging from business and technology executives to lifelong entrepreneurs.
Organizations represented include:
the Louisiana Department of Health and
the U.S. Postal Service.
The External Fellows were selected based on their expertise and demonstrated ability to innovate.
The External Fellows are paired up with HHS internal innovators or “Host Fellows” to establish innovation as a key process and core capability at HHS.
“The HHS Innovation Fellows Program pairs up internal and external innovators to tackle some of the most complex health care problems we face,”
said Secretary Sebelius.
“The Fellows bring entrepreneurial and innovative expertise that will help revolutionize the way things are done in government and improve the health of millions of Americans in the process.”
The projects and External Fellows are:
clinical quality measures for the Affordable Care Act: The Office of
the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, in
partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS),
would like to develop new clinical quality measures that incorporate
information available in electronic health records to monitor the impact
of the implementation of the Health Information Technology for Economic
and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and the Affordable Care Act.
Mindy Hangsleben, Innovator in the Lean Methodology, Portland, Ore.
the infrastructure for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) eligibility: CMS would like to develop an electronic
infrastructure that states can integrate to implement the Modified
Adjusted Gross Income method for determining eligibility for Medicaid
and the CHIP eligibility that is required under the Affordable Care Act.
Zachery Jiwa, Healthcare Technology Executive, Baton Rouge, La.
Chris Lunt, Entrepreneur many times over, San Francisco, Calif.
health resilience technology to withstand natural disasters: The
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of HHS and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency in the Department of Homeland Security
would like to develop innovative solutions that will allow individuals
with access and functional needs to continue to use their durable
medical equipment (DME) during prolonged power outages. DME includes
medical devices powered by electricity, such as oxygen concentrators,
ventilators, and intravenous infusion pumps.
Frank Sanborn, Seasoned eCommerce Technologist, Seattle, Wash.
electronic tracking and transport of the nation’s organ transplant
system: The Health Resources and Services Administration would like to
revise the existing organ transplantation system to improve
identification, labeling, packaging, and transport of the nation’s
organs for transplantation, and include electronic components for
identifying organs and tracking their movement, to minimize the
potential for misdirection or other delays in organ transportation and
reduce the chance of incorrect transplantation.
David Cartier, IT Supply Chain Guru, Roswell, Ga.
Clive Hohberger, Applied Physicist and Barcode and RFID Expert, Chicago, Ill.
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