Invent Health: Building an Innovation Nation
We are at critical inflection point in our history where we are in a better position than ever before to leverage the American spirit of invention to create ways for people to live more independently, in better health, and with greater dignity.
The HHS IDEA Lab has led the Department’s work in expanding public access, championing open innovation, and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to contribute. The Invent Health initiative marks out a new frontier: innovation in the design and manufacture of hardware, such as medical and assistive devices. We are asking questions of our colleagues inside and outside government, aiming to clarify barriers and lay out guideposts as we explore how the Maker movement is helping us build toward an Innovation Nation.
For example: How might we empower small-scale designers, builders, and developers to find creative solutions to challenges we see across the landscape of health and human services? What will happen when everyone has access to the tools and information they need to solve their own problems — and share their ideas with others?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CTO Bryan Sivak talks about his goals for designers and developers and the influence he hopes they have on health care. But first he explains how he got from Silicon Valley to D.C. in the first place.
Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services discusses the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge.
Todd Park, CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services discusses the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge program.
See winners from both the online Health 2.0 Developer Challenge and the most recent Health 2.0 code-a-thons.