HHS announces healthcare innovation fellows

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday the first group of the HHS External Innovation Fellows, who – over the next year – will be working on projects focused on solving critical healthcare problems.

Selected from an applicant pool of more than 100 innovators, the six External Fellows selected have backgrounds ranging from business and technology executives to lifelong entrepreneurs.

Organizations represented include: Microsoft Corporation, Intel, the Louisiana Department of Health and the U.S. Postal Service. The External Fellows were chosen based on their expertise and demonstrated ability to innovate. The External Fellows are paired with HHS internal innovators or “Host Fellows” to establish innovation as a key process and core capability at HHS.

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“The HHS Innovation Fellows Program pairs up internal and external innovators to tackle some of the most complex healthcare problems we face,” said 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: