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?
At the 8th Annual Fall Conference, the full Unmentionables session explored everything from purpose to sex to stress, and the ever growing importance of understanding these issues as they relate to our health.
Susannah Fox shares her research and investigation into the “good things that happen when we share.” Data collected on this theme speaks to the possibilities of shared solutions in care giving, and being a happy and productive care giver.
The Unmentionables panel, moderated by Alex Drane of Eliza, is a place for those companies whose topics simply are not often discussed in health care. This year vulnerability, care-giving, death, sex, stress, and drinking were addressed from companies including Cigna, Altarum Institute, the Pew Research Center, UCSF, Delivering Happiness (Zappos), Hula, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and author Gabrielle Glaser. The theme for this year’s panel was “Health is life. Care, completely. Empathy always.”
Susannah Fox is the authority on what Americans are doing online regarding their health, and is a regular presenter at Health 2.0 conferences. On the Unmentionables panel she spoke on the data behind care-giving, recently including as much as 39% of the American population.
Susannah is the authority on what Americans are doing online regarding their health, and is a regular presenter at Health 2.0 conferences. This year, on the heels of the Pew Research Center’s study of self-tracker data, she spoke on increasing data access, communication, personalization, and the gaps that still need to be filled.
The advancement and popularity of patient communities online is an international phenomenon. This panel examines communities in different cultures, languages and context, and shows what impact they have on care delivery in different countries-and what the internationalization of information means for patients and doctors.
Are Health 2.0 tools and technologies making a difference for patients and if so, how? We set out in summer 2009 to track some patients as they used Health 2.0 services managing their health and everyday lives. We’ll see them on video, meet three of them on stage and see some of the technologists whose tools they used. Later, we will get commentary from a group of famous ePatients.
Susannah Fox, Associate Director, Digital Strategy, Pew Internet Project | America
Susannah is the authority on what Americans are doing online regarding their health, and is a regular presenter at Health 2.0 conferences. Some of her recent reports include: Twitter and Status Updating, Fall 2009 and The Social Life of Health Information, but most of the time you’ll find her provocative analysis on the e-patients.net blog and on twitter.