HHSinnovates Round 5 Awards Ceremony


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>> GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME, I'M ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ADMINISTRATION HERE AT THE DEPARTMENT
AND I WANT TO WELCOME A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE PARTICULARLY HAPPY TO BE HERE WITH SECRETARY
SEBELIUS AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CORE, AND MY NEW COLLEAGUE, BRIAN.
IN ADDITION WE HAVE OTHER LEADERS OF THE DEPARTMENT HERE WHO I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK FOR
BEING HERE, SALLY ACCIDENT THE SALLY, THE CHIEF OF STAFF, MIKE TAYLOR THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
FOR FOODS, MIKE LANDEN, DIRECTOR OF SAFETY AND APPLIED NUTRITION, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
HERSA, DIRECTOR COORDINATION PLANNING STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, NIH, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
AND HUMAN SERVICES AND HEIDI SHAFFER AND THE ASSISTANT OF OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE HAVE SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY
INCLUDING THREE WHITE HOUSE INNOVATION FELLOWS WHO ARE WORKING WITH HHS AND INNOVATOR EMPLOYEES
BLUE BUTTON PROJECT. YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT THAT BEFORE HERE.
AND IT'S ONE FOR WHICH WE ARE ALL WELL KNOWN AND APPRECIATED.
YOU WILL HEAR MORE FROM SECRETARY ABOUT THAT IN A FEW MOMENTS, AND ALSO JOINING US ARE
SEVERAL GUESTS FROM NASA, THE OFFICE OF HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT AND WHAT ARE INTERESTED
IN WHAT WE'RE DOING WITH INNOVATION. I ALSO WANT TO WELCOME MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL
WHO HELP WITH WHAT WE DO WITH INNOVATION COUNCIL AND MY DEPARTMENTED COLLEAGUE.
MOST IMPORTANTLY I WANT TO WELCOME ALL THE HONOREES WHO PRODUCED WONDERFUL INNOVATIONS
FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.
THEY HAVE DONE GREAT WORK. YOU WILL HEAR THEM HONORED AND YOU WILL HEAR
MORE ABOUT THEIR WORK IN A FEW MOMENTS. I ALSO WANT TO WELCOME AND THANK THEIR FAMILIES
WHO ARE HERE. MUCH OF THE WORK THAT GETS DONE IN THE INNOVATION
ARENA IS DONE ON SPECIAL TIME, OTHER TIME, MAYBE IT'S EVEN FAMILY TIME AND WE KNOW THAT
THOSE OF U. I.D WHO GIVE US YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS TO WORK ON THESE THINGS, SACRIFICE TO SOME
EXTENT AND WE APPRECIATE YOU JOINING THE CELEBRATION. I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE PUBLIC, WE ARE GOING
TO HEAR MORE ABOUT THE PUBLIC VOTES WE TOOK ON THIS OCCASION, AND A LARGE NUMBER OF THE
PUBLIC SOME 14,000 PEOPLE VOTED ON THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD THAT YOU'LL HEAR ABOUT LATER
AS DEPUTY SECRETARY CORE MAKES THE PRESENTATION AND FINAL WE WANT TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU WHO
ARE JOINING US ONLINE FOR THIS CELEBRATION. THIS IS OUR FIFTH ROUND OF COMPETITIONS.
CELEBRATING THE BEST INNOVATIONS ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT.
TWICE A YEAR, THE SECRETARY HOST THIS IS COMPETITION TO UNCOVER NEW IDEAS, THIS TIME THEY WERE
OVER60, 62 TO BE PRECISE, 62 SUBMISSIONS FROM ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT, THE QUALITY OF SUBMISSIONS
TO MY SURPRISE CONTINUES TO ARISE. I FIGURED WE WOULD GET THE SUBMISSION AND
THEY WILL RISE, A WAS FLAT WRONG, WE GOT GOOD ONES AT FIRST AND THEN WE WILL GET BETTER
AND BETTER TODAY AS THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE WILL HEAR ABOUT TODAY AS THE RESULTS OF THE
MOST RECENT COMPETITION. WE PUT THE TOP 20 OF 60 TO A VOTE AND EMPLOYEES
PICK SIX, THE SECRETARY PICKED FROM AMONG THOSE AND AT THE SAME TIME, THOSE WILL BE
HER FINAL CHOICES AND THOSE WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE DEPUTY SECRETARY IN JUST A BIT.
AT THE SAME TIME WE WENT OUTSIDE TO THE PUBLIC AT LARGE TO ASK THEM WHAT THEY THOUGHT AND
THEY SELECTED A PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD THAT YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT IN A FEW MORE MINUTES.
I WANT TO GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT WE WILL DO TODAY, THE SECRETARY WILL SPEAK IN
A MOMENT AFTER I SIT DOWN AND BE QUIET, AND SHE WILL INTRODUCE INTERVIEWS OUR SPEAKER
FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL. AND THEN DEPUTY SECRETARY CORE WILL MAKE THE
AWARDS. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME WE PRESENT A SPECIAL
AWARD, AS I SAID THE SECRETARY THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD.
AFTER THIS EVENT, THE 16 WILL JOIN BRIAN AND ME AND WE'LL HAVE A CELEBRATION LUNCH AND
DINNER. YOU KNOW ALL OF US HAVE JOBS THAT HAVE OTHER
DUTIES AND ASSIGNMENTS AND IT'S SOCIALLY SOME JOB THAT YOU HAVE TO DO ON SATURDAYS OR SOMETHING,
THAT YOU DIDN'T BARGAIN FOR WHEN YOU TOOK THE JOB.
WHEN I AGREED TO TAKE THIS JOB, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE INNOVATION ACTIVITIES OR
EFFORTS THAT WE WERE GOING TO MAKE SO I GOT THIS AS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED AND I CAN'T
TELL YOU HOW PROUD I AM TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PARTICULAR OTHER DUTY.
AND IT'S A DUTY THEY WAS GIVEN BY MY BOSS BECAUSE SHE BELIEVES IN THE INNOVATION THAT
WE DO. YOU KNOW TODD PARK AND I TALK A LOT ABOUT UNLEASHING LIBERATING DID THEA FOR THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. WHAT THIS EFFORT DOES IS UNLEASH, LIBERATES
THE CREATIVE CAPACITIES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEE WHO IS ARE NOT TOO LITTLE TO RECOGNIZE BUT
ARE RECKED BY THE RECOGNIZED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
MY BOSS, SECOND SEBELIUS. >> WELL, GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY AND I AM
DELIGHTED TO BE HERE FOR THE FIFTH OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF OUR AMAZING TALENT WITHIN
THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. I WANT TO JOIN NED IN THANKING SOME OF OUR
KEY DEPARTMENT LEADERS FOR NOT ONLY BEING HERE BUT ACTUALLY PART OF THE INNOVATION TEAM,
THEY'RE NOT HERE JUST AS BI STANDERS, THEY'RE PART OF THIS EFFORT AND I'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO INTRODUCE TOM A LITTLE BIT AND I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE SO THRILLED THAT BRIAN
SEABACK HAS JOINED US HERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
HOPEFULLY HAVE YOU GOTTEN TO KNOW HIM TRUE THIS PROCESS, BUT HE IS A GREAT STRATEGIC
LEADER AND IS ALREADY INSPIRING NEW GENERATIONS OF INNOVATION HERE THROUGHOUT HHS AND OF COURSE,
MY ABLE PARTNER, BILL CORE, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY WHO HAS PARTICIPATED IN THIS EFFORT AT A REALLY
HANDS ON WAY FROM THE BEGINNING AND KNOWS THIS IS PART OF THE CULTURE OF INNOVATION
THAT WE WANT THE TO RECOGNIZE, CELEBRATE AND CULTIVATE HERE AT HHS.
I'D LIKE YOU ALL TO DO SOMETHING FOR ME, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE
62 APPLICATIONS ALL DESERVE RECOGNITION. IF YOU COULD ALL JUST STAND UP AND GIVE A
STANDING OVATION, A STANDING O, TO EVERYBODY WHO SUBMITTED, PARTICIPATED.
WHOO HOO! OKAY.
IF YOU THINK THAT COULD YOU WANTS AS YOUR EXERCISE FOR THE DAY, IT DOESN'T.
BUT I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT THAT WHILE WE'RE HERE TO RECOGNIZE THE TOP SIX, THERE
IS CLEARLY TALENT AND GREAT IDEAS THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT.
INNOVATION IS WHAT WE DO HERE, FROM DEVELOPMENT AND TREATMENT AND CURES TO HELPING SPARK MODELS
THAT ADVANCE SAFETY AND REDUCE COST. NOW THAT'S COMMITMENT TO DISCOVERY AND CONTINUOUS
IMPROVEMENT ISN'T CONTAINED WITHIN ONE AGENCY OR ONE OPERATING DIVISION AND IT DOESN'T CONTAINED
WITHIN THE 62 PROPOSALS. IT RUNS CONSISTENTLY THROUGHOUT OUR ENTIRE
DEPARTMENT. BUT IN THE PAST, SOME OF THE BEST IDEAS HAVEN'T
HAD THE SUPPORT THEY NEEDED TO SPREAD. TO BE ADOPTED AND ADAPTED ACROSS THE 300 PLUS
PROGRAM THAT MAKE UP THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
, THAT IS CLEARLY BEGINNING TO CHANGE AND TODAY IS A RECOGNITION OF THE CHANGE THAT'S
UNDERWAY. WE HAVE A CULTURE OF INNOVATION THAT'S TAKING
ROOT ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. WHEN WE CREATED HHS INNOVATES, THE GOAL WAS
TO LIFT UP INNOVATION LIKE THE ONES WE'RE CELEBRATING TODAY AND TO LIFT UP THOSE INNOVATOR
WHO IS ARE DOING THIS WORK EACH AND EVERY DAY.
, BY PUTTING THIS ON THEM, AND NURTURING THEM, WE HOPE TO LET IT GROW.
AND FIVE YEARS LATER WE'RE SEEING THE REAL BOOST.
THE SIX TEAMS WE'RE CELEBRATING TODAY ARE VERY DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AND THEY HAVE
A FEW KEY THINGS IN COMMON. MOST OF THE PROJECTS ARE VERY LOW COST AND
MANY USE THE POWERED SOCIAL MEDIA TO MAXIMIZE THE IMPACT.
MOST ARE BUILT ON PREVIOUS INNOVATIONS THAT CAME BEFORE THEM AND MANY ARE THE RESULT OF
NEW PARTNERSHIPS, COLLEAGUES WHO CAME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT.
AROUND A SHARED VISION TO SOLVE A REAL PROBLEM. SO WE WANT TO FOSTER EVEN MORE DISCIPLINARY
DYNAMIC TEAM WORK ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT. SO TODAY WE'RE ROLLING OUT YAMER, A COLLABORATION
THAT ALLOWS EMPLOYEES TO FIND ONE ANOTHER AND SHARE INFORMATION AND IDEAS.
YOU'LL HEAR MORE ABOUT YAMER, IN THE COMING DAYS FROM OUR NEW CHEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER,
BRIAN CEABACK. IN ADDITION WE'RE LAUNCHING INNOVATION TO
LEARN FROM YOUR TEAMS ABOUT WHERE YOU CAME FROM AND WHAT HAPPENED THEM TO SUCCEED.
WE'LL SHARE THOSE LESSONS WE LEARNED SO THAT EVERYONE ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT CAN SUCCEED
AS INNOVATORS. NOW TODAY WE'RE ALSO MOVING FORWARD ON THE
NEXT STEP OF OUR INNOVATIONS, TO FELLOW PROGRAMS. EARLIER THIS YEAR, I ANNOUNCED WE'RE LOOKING
FOR THE BEST PEOPLE TO COME TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TALENT TO
FIND GAME CHANGING SOLUTIONS TO OUR MOST PRESSING NATIONAL PROBLEM, NO MATTER HOW THEY WORK
AT HHS, ANOTHER FEDERAL DEPARTMENT, NOT FOR PROFIT OR IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
AND TODAY, I AM DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE SELECTED FOUR HIGH PRIORITY PRESENTS, MORE
THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY APPLIED TO PARTICIPATE.
AND THE TEAMS WILL GET GOING NEXT MONTH AND WE'LL ALL BE ABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR PROGRESS
OVER THE COMING YEAR. WHEN WE LAUNCHED HHS, IT STARTED WITH THE
IDEA OF WHERE DO GOOD IDEAS COME FROM? MORE THAN TWO YEARS LATER, WE KNOW THAT GOOD
IDEAS COME FROM EVERYWHERE AND EVERYONE IN EVERY OFFICE AND EVERY AGENCY.
AND TODAY WE WANT TO ASK AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION, WHERE CAN THOSE IDEAS TAKE US?
TO ANSWER THOSE WE HAVE KEEP EXPERIMENTS, KEEP BUILDING ON THE PROJECTS, KEEP TESTING
ALL THE ASUVENLINGSS AND BUILDING NEW PARTNERSHIPS, AS LONG AS WE DO THERE'S NO LIMIT TO WHERE
OUR IDEA CAN TAKE US SO I WANT TO AGAIN CONGRATULATE ALL OF TODAY'S HONOREES AND THANK YOU FOR
YOUR LEADERSHIP AND YOUR CONTINUOUS INNOVATION. NOW I'M DELIGHTED TO TURN THINGS OVER TO A
GREAT HEALTH COLLEAGUE DR. TOM FREEMAN, HE IS THE DIRECTOR FOR CENTERS OF DISEASE CONTROL
AND PRESENSION. SHE ONE OF THE MOST STRATEGIC HEALTH LEADERS
AND UNDERSTANDS FULLY THAT THE BEST WAY TO KEEP PEOPLE HEALTHY IS TO KEEP THEM HEALTHY
IN THE FIRST PLACE AND NOT WAIT UNTIL THERE ARE SIX PEOPLE, HE HAS DONE AMAZING WORK NOT
ONLY OUT OF THE OFFICE IN ATLANTA, BUT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD ON GLOBAL HEALTH ISSUES.
HE CAME TO US FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK HE WAS WORKED NEAR MIKE BLOOMBERG AND BROUGHT
A NUMBER OF THOSE PROJECTS TO SCALE AS WE LOOK AT THEM ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL.
TOM IS NOT ONLY A CHAMPION OF HEALTH BUT A SUPPORTER OF INNOVATION ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. DR. TOM FREEMAN.
[ APPLAUSE ] >> THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH SECRETARY
SEBELIUS, BRIAN, PEGGY HAM BERG, SALLY AND EVERYONE HERE WHO MADE THIS TO AN EXCITING
AND POSSIBLE EVENT BECAUSE INNOVATION IS REALLY ABOUT THE POSSIBLE.
IT'S ABOUT CHANGING FROM WHAT WE SEE TODAY TO WHAT WE DO TOMORROW, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT,
I'VE BEEN VERY NERVOUS ABOUT GIVING THIS TALK BECAUSE AFTERALL WHAT CAN BE SAID ABOUT INNOVATION.
IT'S BEEN SAID SAID THAT THERE'S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN IS THAT LINE HAS BEEN PLAGIARIZED
FROM THE BIBLE MULTIPLE TIMES BUT IN FACT, INNOVATION IS ABOUT DOING NEW THINGS.
CREATATIVEITY MAY BE ABOUT THINKING ABOUT NEW THINGS BUT INNOVATION IS ABOUT DOING NEW
THINGS. YOU KNOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MISQUOTED AND
PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST UNFORTUNATE MISCOITATIONS IS CHARLES DUEL WHO IS COMMISSIONER OF THE
PATENT OFFICE. HE ACTUALLY NEVER SAID EVERYTHING THAT CAN
BE INVENTED HAS ALREADY BEEN INVENTED BUT HE'S BEEN QUOTED AS SAYING THAT MANY TIMES.
WHAT HE ACTUALLY SAID IS THAT IN MY OPINION, ALL PREVIOUS INVENTIONS WILL APPEAR TOTALLY
INSIGNIFICANT WHEN COMPARE WIDE THOSE WHICH IN 1902 WILL WITNESS, I ALMOST WISH I MIGHT
LIVE MY LIFE OVER AGAIN TO SEE THE WONDERS WHICH ARE AT THE LEASH HOLD, BE CAREFUL WHAT
YOU DON'T SAY BECAUSE IT MAY QUOTED OUT OF CONTEXT, HHS INNOVATION IS IN FACT AN INNOVATION
AND THOSE WHO WORK WITH BRIAN AND TODD PARKS AND NED, UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONCEPT OF TECHNOLOGY
AND CONCEPT OF INNOVATION IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS DEPARTMENT.
IT'S ABOUT HOW CAN WE DO MORE WITH LESS? HOW CAN WE TEACH PEOPLE MORE EFFECTIVELY,
HOW CAN WE UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF THE DATA AS NED TALKS ABOUT THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF
US AND OF THE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITHIN OUR AGENCY AND WHO HAVE SUCH INCREDIBLE ABILITY.
WE KNOW THAT GREAT IDEA K'S COME FROM ANYWHERE AND IF WE DON'T ACCEPT THEM AND ENCOURAGE
THEM FROM EVERYWHERE, WE'RE DENYING OUR OWN WORK AND DENYING PUBLIC POTENTIAL ADVANCES
SO I'M DELIGHTED THAT THERE ARE PUBLIC, PRIVATE, ACADEM AND I CAN PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN PARTS
OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REPRESENTED IN THE FINALIST DAY.
I WANT TO TALK JUST FOR A MOMENT ABOUT EACH OF THE SIX FINALISTS, NOT IN THE DETAILS OF
OF THEIR PROPOSAL OR PROJECT WHICH YOU CAN READ ABOUT BUT IN WHAT IT SAYS ABOUT INNOVATION
AND WHAT IT CAN BRING TO THE PUBLIC HERE. NOW PEOPLE WHO HANDLE THE WORK AT THE FOOD
DEPARTMENT FOR SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS, YOU KNOW RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS ARE A BIG DEAL AND
GETTING THEM RIGHT IS IMPORTANT. HAVING THE ABILITY FOR EVERY FOOD HANDLER
TO NOT PAY A CENT, GO ON LINE AND LEARN KEY CONCEPTS IS VERY IMPORTANT BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY
IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF HOPING UP KNOWLEDGE. CAN YOU GET ONLINE CORS COURSES AT TOP UNIVERSITY
AND GET MISINFORMATION AT THE INTERNET, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS
TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT WE REMAIN THE DEFINITIVE AND PROMPT SOURCE OF INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC
AND ONLINE FOOD HANDLING IS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT AND MORE KNOWLEDGE AT LOWER COSTS.
SO 100,000 GENOME PROJECT, IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF OF USING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IT'S A
ROAD MAP BECAUSE PRETTY SOON WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO, DNA PROBES AND IMMEDIATELY SAY, WHAT
THE ORGANISM IS, HOW MANY ARE THERE AND WHAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH IMPLICATIONS ARE BUT WE'LL
ONLY BE ABLE TO DO THAT WHEN WE FREE UP THAT GENETIC INFORMATION AND UNLEASH POTENTIAL
OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ACADEMIC SECTOR, PUBLIC SECTOR ON COMING UP WITH NEW TOOLS TO DETECT
FOOD BORNE ILLINOISNESS AND OTHER ELIMINATED ILLNESSES.
TRANSPARENCY IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT. ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES AT HHS AND THROUGHOUT
THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BE DILIGENT STEWARDS OF THE SCARE RESOURCES ENTRUSTED TO US AND
PART OF THAT MEANS MAKING PEOPLE AWARE. PEOPLE'S ACCESS TO WHAT WE'RE DOING.
THE NIH FREE STUFF HELPS US SAVE MONEY BY IDENTIFYING WHAT'S OUT THERE.
THERE ARE ALWAYS WAYS WE CAN IDENTIFY BETTER WAYS TO DO THINGS FOR LESS MONEY.
CDC AS AN EXAMPLE, I MADE A COMMITMENT THAT ANYTHING ANYONE SUGGESTED I WOULD PERSONALLY
REVIEW THE SUGGESTION. 447 SUGGESTIONS LATER, WE DID THEM ALL, WE
FOUND WAYS TO CUT MONEY OUT OF OUR PROCESSES THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND THESE ARE ALL VERY
IMPORTANT AND THE NATIONAL ONLINE CENTERS, ONE SHOP STOPPING FOR UNDERSERVED AREAS.
LOTS OF PEOPLE WANT TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS MAKING IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE DO THE RIGHT THING
IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, FROM CDCs NIASH, THE EXPLOWSABILITY METER
IS REALTIME MONITORING OF HOW LIKELY SAID THERE WILL BE A LIFE THREATENING OR DEADLY
EXPLOSION IN A MIND. THIS ALLOWS US TO POTENTIALLY AVOID THE TRAGEDIES
IN RECENT NEWS IN THE YEARS BUT IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF THE BROADER THEME.
THE THEME IS OF REALTIME MONITORING, OF FEEDBACK IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING
TO GET FEEDBACK WITH THREE IF WE'RE DOING SOMETHING AND NOBODY BUYS IT, WE MAY KEEP
DOING IT. IF YOU'RE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, NOBODY ADVICES
YOU TO STOP DOING IT. SO WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE EFFECTIVE
IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS FEEDBACK, OUR ABILITY TO SEE WHAT'S WORKING, TO ADJUST, TO FAIL
EARLY AND OFTEN AS LONG AS WE KNOW WE'RE FAILING SO WE CAN ADJUST OUR WAY OF WORKING.
BECAUSE ULTIMATELY, WE'RE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL BY GETTING THAT FEEDBACK LOOK ANDITYRATIVELY
IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR WORK. INNOVATION IS ABOUT CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.
IT'S ABOUT CREATIVE THINKING AND HARD WORK, CREATIVITY MAY BE THINKING OF NEW THINGS BUT
INNOVATION IS DOING NEW THINGS, INNOVATION REQUIRES THE WILLINGNESS TO ABANDON PAST SUCCESSES,
ANOTHER REAL CHALLENGE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IS COMPLACENCY, WE MAY HAVE A FANTASTIC PROGRAM,
BUT IF IT'S FANTASTIC TODAY, IT DOESN'T MEAN FANTASTIC TOMORROW AND TRACK WHAT WE'RE DOING
AND KNOW WHAT WE NEED TO CHANGE AND IMPROVE. INNOVATIONS DON'T HAVE TO BE HUGE, THEY CAN
BE SMALL. MANAGEMENT CAN PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OFFSPRING
INNOVATION AND ENCOURAGING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE PEOPLE AREN'T AFRAID TO FAIL.
ONE INTERESTING QUOTATION IS THE ESSENTIAL PART OF CREATIVITY IS NOT BEING AFRAID TO
FAIL. NOW, THAT'S A LITTLE IRONIC BECAUSE THAT WAS
EDWIN LAMB, THE FOUNDER OF POLARROID, MAYBE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT MORE AFRAID
TO FAIL, BUT THE CONCEPT IS IMPORTANT WHICH IS THAT IT'S OKAY TO TRY SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T
WORK OUT. IN FACT IF WE DON'T TRY THINGS THAT DON'T
WORK OUT, WE AREN'T TRYING ENOUGH THINGS THAT'S WHAT PART OF INNOVATION IS ABOUT.
AT CDC WE HAVE AN INNOVATION FUND AND WE HAVE CENTERS FROM THROUGHOUT THE AGENCY COMPETE
FOR A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT IT'S A VALIDATION OF HOW IMPORTANT INNOVATION IS,
IN THE PAST YEAR, WE FUNDED A NEW WAY TO DO THE ROTOVIRUS VACCINE THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER
TO STORE. WE FUNDED WAYS TO HAVE SELF POWERED FANS THAT
[INDISCERNIBLE], A NEW WAY TO FILTER WATER THAT PREVENTS PARASIDIC INFECTION, A WIDELY
USED TOOL THAT'S USED IN PUBLIC HEALTHY INFORMATION AND LOCALIZED, SPECIALIZED COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES
TO INCREASE POLIO VACCINATION THERE. SO ALMOST ANYTHING CAN BE THE SUBJECT OF INNOVATION
AND WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT, I THINK OF A RECENT BOOK BY FILL FAGUEY, CALLED HOUSE ON
FIRE ABOUT THE ERADICATION OF SMALLPOX. IN THAT GROUP, BILL FAGUEY, DESCRIBED THE
SMALLPOX, AND EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT IT'S A PAGE TURNER.
SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS INTERESTING TO ME, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SMALLPOX, YOU KNOW
WE KNEW WHAT THEY DO, THEY DID IT AND IT WAS DONE.
THAT'S NOT AT ALL WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM THE INSIDE.
FROM THE INSIDE THEY WERE CONTINUOUSLY INNOVATING, THEY WERE CHANGING WHO GOT VACINATED.
THEY WERE TRYING WITH THE MACHINES THAT BROKE DOWN ALL THE TIME TO VACINATE HUGE NUMBERS
OF PEOPLE AND THEN THEY REALIZE IF THEY DID, THE RING BACK, THEY'RE AROUND AN INDIVIDUAL
CASE, THEY COULD USE MUCH LESS VACCINE AND HAVE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVENESS.
AND AN INNOVATION WAS A SIMPLE BIFURCATED NEEDLE T. SOUNDS COMP LITICATED, IT LOOKS
LIKE IF YOU'VE EVER SEEN ONE OF THOSE THINGS YOU USE TO TAKE SOMETHING OUT OF SEAFOOD WITH
A LITTLE, TWO TYNES AT THE END AND IF YOU MAKE IT, THE AMOUNT OF LIQUID BETWEEN THOSE
TWO TYNES, IS HOW MUCH SMALLPOX VACCINE IS ALL YOU NEED.
SO IF YOU PUSH IT IN 15 TIMES IT WILL GIVE WHAT YOU YOU NEED.
SO THEY WERE INNOVATING EVERYTHING, HOW TO FIND CASES, HOW TO COMMUNICATE, THEY WERE
COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS AND TRYING THEM, THEY WERE RIGOROUSLY EVALUATING THEM AND THEN
WHEN THEY WORK, THEY WERE WORKING HARD TO SCALE THEM UP AND THOSE ARE THE KEY PHASES
IN SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION. IDEAS, TRYING THEM AND SEEING IF THEY WORK
AND SCALING THEM UP. THERE ARE LOTS OF INNOVATIONS ALL THE TIME
THROUGHOUT H HS, THEY'RE IMPORTANT. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE MAY HOLD BUT
I THINK THE ADVANTAGE IN THIS CENTURY WILL MAKE THOSE OF THE PAST SEBTRY PAIL BY COMPARISON.
I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE FINALISTS AND THE WINNERS AND EVERYONE WHO SUBMITTED IDEAS
AND THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO CELEBRATE YOUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE YOUR RISK, PUT YOUR IDEAS
OUT THERE AND HOPE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WILL BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO DO THAT.
YOUR EFFORTS HELP US ALL TO SERVE THE WORLD BETTER, AND I'LL CLOSE WITH AN INTERESTING
LINE FROM ANTWON'S EZUBREY, WHO WROTE THE WONDERFUL BOOK BUT HE ALSO SAID: IF YOU WANT
TO THE BUILD A SHIP, DON'T DRUM UP PEOPLE TO COLLECT WOOD, DON'T ASSIGN TASKS AND WORK,
BUT RATHER TEACH THEM THE LONG IMMENSELESSENTITY IMMENSELESS ENTITY OF THE SEA.
AND WE ARE WORKING HARD TO DO THAT AND HELP AMERICANS LEAVE.
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH AND CONGRATULATIONS. >> WE ALSO LET GO OF QUESTION, IT'S MY PLEASURE
TO INTRODUCE THE PERSON WHO WILL MAKE THE AWARDS, TWO PEOPLE I WORK WITH MOST CLOSELY
ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS ARE THE CHIEF STAFF AND DEPUTY SECRETARY AND WAS WHEN HE STARTED
TALKING ABOUT THIS ACTIVITY, HEARD THE FIRST ITERATIONS OF THESE AND NEVER DID TODD AND
I GO TO HIM WITH AN IDEA THAT HE JUST SENT US AWAY PACKING AND HE WAS OPEN, SUPPORTIVE,
ACCEPTING AND ENCOURAGING. WITHOUT HIM, THIS ACTIVITY WOULDN'T BE GOING
ON AND I'M HAPPY TO INTRODUCE, BILL CORE, THE DEPUTY SECRETARY.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH, NED, GOOD MORNING TO ALL OF YOU, THIS IS A VERY EXCITING AND EXPIRING
DAY. TOM I WANT BEGIN BY THANKING YOU FOR KEY NOTING.
IT'S A NEW INNOVATION IN OUR PROGRAM BUT YOUR ENTHUSIASM AND THOUGHTFULNESS IS SO WELL PLACED
HERE AND I THINK YOU'VE GOT A ROOM FULL OF ADHERENCE.
BUT CONSTANTLY REMINDING OURSELVES, WHAT WE CAN DO; IF WE'RE OPEN TO INNOVATION, IS SO
IMPORTANT AND YOU'VE DONE THAT SINCE YOU'VE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AND SO, THANK YOU FOR
YOUR LEADERSHIP, FOR THOUGHTFULNESS AND FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASM.
I ALSO HAVE TO BEGIN BY THANKING NED AND BRIAN, THEY KEEP US GOING WITH THE INNOVATION PROGRAM,
THANK YOU BOTH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND INCITEFULNESS. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND ASK THE INNOVATION
COUNCIL MEMBERS TO STAND UP BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T RECOGNIZED YOU.
SO JOIN ME, YOU ALL [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THANK YOU FOR THE EXTRA TIME FOR OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS TO PUT IN, DIVES YOUR LEADERSHIP IN
THE COUNCIL TO MAKE TODAY POSSIBLE BUT OF COURSE MOST IMPORTANTLY WE WANT TO CELEBRATE
INNOVATIONS IN ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THEM.
ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT, AND SO WE APPRECIATE OUR COLLEAGUE'S JOINING US TODAY, AND WE HOPE
THAT YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO EACH OF THESE INNOVATIONS BECAUSE THEY'RE QUITE
EXCITING. AS YOU'VE HEARD, WE'VE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY
THIS YEAR NOT ONLY TO ANNOUNCE THE SIXTH FINALISTS, THE THREE HONORABLE MENTION AND THE THREE
SECRETARIES PICK BUT ALSO TO ANNOUNCE THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE WHICH I'LL SAVE FOR LAST BECAUSE
IT'S SO EXCITING TO HEAR WHAT PEOPLE HAVE CHOSEN.
YOU MAY UNDERSTAND THAT THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 14,000 VOTES CAST IN THIS COMPETITION FOR
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE, AND THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT FOR OUR COLLEAGUES AND INNOVATION.
AS NED MENTIONED WE HAD 62 SUBMISSIONS, WE'VE GOT SIX OUTSTANDING FINALISTS AND I WANT TO
ASSURE YOU THAT SALLY AND I SAT WITH THE SECRETARY AND LISTENED TO HER MULL OVER HOW TO PICK
SIX OUT OF THIS. AND THE THREE THREE SECRETARIES PICK, IT IS
A VERY DIFFICULT JOB, WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO IS JUST CALL EVERYBODY UP AND THANK THEM,
BUT WE DID WANT TO HONOR THE THREE SECRETARY'S PICK AND THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS.
IN EACH CASE WHAT I'M GOING TO DO FIRST ISM GOING TO ANNOUNCE THE SECRETARY'S THREE HONORABLE
MENTIONS THREE SECRETARY'S PICKS. WE WILL ALTERNATE SO WE KEEP THE SUSPENSE
TO THE VERIENT END AND WE'LL DO THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE LAST.
I WILL ANNOUNCE TITLE OF INNOVATION AND THEN NAMES OF KEY CONTRIBUTORS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE
FOR DEVELOPING THE INNOVATION. WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO IS ANNOUNCE THE INNOVATION
AND DESCRIBE IT A LITTLE BIT. HAVE EVERYONE STAND OVER HERE TO THE SIDE
AND THEN I WANT TO INTRODUCE TO EACH OF YOU THE INDIVIDUALS SO THAT YOU ALL AND THOSE
THAT ARE WATCHING HAVE A CHANCE TO IDENTIFY NAMES AND FACES SO YOU KNOW OUR COLLEAGUES
WHEN YOU SEE THEM ANOTHER TIME AND CAN CONGRATULATE THEM.
SO DO WE HAVE A DRUM ROLL? THERE YOU GO.
INNOVATION THERE. FIRST, THE SECRETARY, THE FIRST OF THE SECRETARY'S
THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS IS THE NATIONAL INTUITYS OF HEALTH FORT FOLIO ONLINE REPORTING TOOL
SO FOR THOSE INVOLVED PLEASE COME UP. [ APPLAUSE ]
YOU CAN COME UP CLOSER SO WE CAN GET YOU ON THE CAMERA HERE, THIS INNOVATION WHOSE ACRONYM
REPORT, IS AN ONLINE PORTAL WHICH PROVIDES THE PUBLIC WITH AN INTERACTIVE SUITE OF TOOLS
TO SUPPORT BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDED BY HHS. BY PROVIDING THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY WITH
MORE ROBUST TOOLS TO EXPLORE THE PORT NOELIO, THIS SUITE OF TOOL SYSTEM HELPING TO FOSTER
INNOVATIVE RESEARCH, STRATEGIES AND DISCOVERIES. THE KEY CONTRIBUTORS AND PLEASE RAISE YOUR
HAND SO EVERYBODY KNOWS WHO YOU ARE, JAMES ONKIN OF THE NATIONAL INTUITYS OF HEALTH,
SALLY ROCKEY, THE NATIONAL INTUITYS OF HEALTH AND FROM NEDY SOLUTIONS WE HAVE ROD HAM, WE
HAVE NIKE, AND WE HAVE SOMYA, PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGOTTULATING THIS.
>> THE FIRST OF THE THE SECRETARY'S THREE PICK SYSTEM THE 1000 PATHOGEN GENOME PROJECT,
100,000 PATHOGEN GENOME PROJECTS. >> YOU GUYS COME ON UP.
>> THIS PROJECT IS A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN FDA AND NIH CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY. WE CHANGEDLET SEQUENCE TO GENETIC CODES OF
100,000 STRAINS OF IMPORTANT FOOD PATHOGENS AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE IN A FREE PUBLIC DATABASE.
THE INFORMATION CONTAIN INDEED IN PUBLIC DATABASE WILL PROVIDE RESEARCHERS WITH THE RAW MATERIAL
NECESSARY TO DEVELOP RAPID DETECTION TESTS TO IDENTIFY CONTAMINATED FOODS ACROSS OUR
GLOBE, YOU HEARD TOM TALK ABOUT EACH OF THESE FIGHTER TWO AND OTHERS AS WELL AND IT WAS
NICE OF YOU TO PUT ON EACH OF THOSE IN CONTEXT AND GIVE US A SENSE OF THE VALUE THAT THEY
BRING TO US. THE KEY CONTRIBUTORS AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF
PLEASE, MARK OF THE STA DIDN'T MAKE IT TODAY, ERIC BROWN, DIDN'T MAKE IT, DAVID LIPMAN OF
THE NATIONAL INTUITYS OF HEALTH. STEPHEN THAT'S RIGHT.
THANK YOU. STEPHEN MUSESSER OF [INDISCERNIBLE], BART
WYMER, OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA DAVIS AND PAUL WITH ADVENT TECHNOLOGIES, SO CONGRATULATIONS.
THE SECOND OF THE SECRETARY'S THREE HONORABLE MENTIONS IS THE ONLINE FOOD HANDLER TRAINING
PROJECT. THE ALBERNEA DEET ALBUQUERQUE AREA HEALTH
FOOD SERVICE, THEY TRAIN 3500 FOOD HANDLERS EVERY YEAR ACROSS A BROAD AREA.
THIS INCORPORATES HUMOR STORY TELLING AND INDIAN CULTURE TO MAKE THEM HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
AND POPULAR AMONG THE TRIBE. THE KEY CONTRIBUTORS OF THIS INNOVATION ARE
ROBERT BAITS OF THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE, TOM OF THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE DIDN'T MAKE
IT. JEFF DIXON INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE AND DEBORAH
GRABOWSKI, AND KATIE [INDISCERNIBLE] OF THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE.
CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]
>> THE SECOND OF THE SECRETARY'S THREE PICK SYSTEM THE NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE JOB CORPS
CENTER. [ APPLAUSE ]
THE HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE CORE ESTABLISHED THE
JOB CENTER TO SERVE AS AN ONLINE EMPLOYMENT SITE CONNECTING THOUSANDS OF JOBS SEEKING
MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYERS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE
U.S., THIS PROGRAM LED TO MANY JOB POSTINGS AND EMPLOYMENT MATCHES AND TREMENDOUS SAVINGS
IN PROVIDER RECRUITMENT COST. PLEASE JOINNY IN CONDRATTULATING OUR CONTRIBUTORS:
REBECCA, JOHN, SHARIFF, AND MARK OF SAPIEE N.
CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]
THE THIRD OF THE SECRETARY'S THREE HONORABLE MENTION IS THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY
AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES EXCHANGE. BRIESTA, CONGRATULATIONS.
[ APPLAUSE ] >> NATIONAL IN.ITUTE OF ALLERG SCHEINFECTIOUS
DISEASE EXCHANGE. NIH'S NATIONAL INTUITY DEVELOPED AN INVENTORY
SUPPLY EXCHANGE CALLED FREE STUFF. AGENCY STAFF CAN USE THIS ONLINE PLATFORM
TO ADVERTISE ITEMS THEY NO LONGER NEED OR PURCHASING EQUIPMENT PRIOR TO NEW EQUIPMENT
AND SUPPLIES. THIS INNOVATION SAVED $30,000 SINCE IT'S RELEASED
IN JANUARY. KEY CONTRIBUTORS, JASON BAR NET OF THE NATIONAL
INTUITYS OF HEALTH COULDN'T JOIN US AND GLEN SHINKO, OF THE NATIONAL INTUITYS OF HEALTH
AND CAROL YU, OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH.
[ APPLAUSE ] AND THAT LEAVES US WITH THE THIRD OF THE SECRETARY'S
THREE PICKS, THE COAL DUST EXPOSABILITY METER. [ APPLAUSE ]
THE CENTER FOR DECEASED CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH IN PARTNERSHIP
WITH INDUSTRY DEVELOPED A COAL DUST METER THAT GIVES MINERS REALTIME DUST ACCUMULATION
IN THE MINE. THIS TOOL PROVIDES 97% ACCURACY, REPRESENTS
A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OVER PRIOR DETECTION WHICH TOOK SEVERAL WEEKS TO PROVIDE A READ
OUT IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. I'M ALSO DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THIS INNOVATION
RECEIVED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES DURING THE PUBLIC VOTING AND COAL DUST EXPOSABILITY
METER HAS BEEN SELECTED AS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE FOR 2012.
[ APPLAUSE ] KEY CONTRIBUTORS MASHA HARRIS FOR CENTERS
FOR DISEASE CONTROL, GINA HOLDING COMPANYIC OF CDC, MIKE, OF CDC, AND FLOYD, OF UZINC
AND ERIC WISE OF CDC. >> WE I HAVE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD AS WELL
AND I'D LIKE TO ASK TOM NEEDEN TO COME UP AND ACCEPT THIS ON BEHALF OF CDC.
>> THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE, EXPLOWSIBILITY, EXPOSABILITY. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU, WE THANK YOU
FOR I'M SURE I SPEAK FOR EVERYONE ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING
YOUR IMAGINATION AND YOUR DETERMINATION TO YOUR WORK AND OUR WORK TOGETHER.
IT WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO EMBARK ON THIS SAME PATHWAY AND THEIR OWN INNOVATIVE PROJECT FOR
THE SIXTH ROUND OF INNOVATION INNOVATE SO NOW I'D LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO NED, BUT THANK
YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU JOINED US ONLINE WE LOOK FORWARD TO THESE
CEREMONIES TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN WHAT HHS HAS IN INNOVATION.
SO THANK YOU. >> THE SECRETARY THINKS OF THESE AS THE TODD
PARK AWARDS, FAIR ENOUGH. TODD WAS THERE AT THE BEGINNING, WHEN TODD
ANNOUNCED HE WAS LEAVING, HE ALSO TOLD MELY WAS GOING TO FIND SOMEBODY TO TAKE HIS PLACE.
I SAID OH, SURE, FAT CHANCE. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A REASONABLY UNLIKELY EFFORT.
ONCE AGAIN TODD AS HE NEVER FAILS TO DO, SURPRISED ME.
HE PRODUCED A CANDIDATE WHO IN SOME WAYS IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN HE, BUT IN MANY WAY SYSTEM
VERY MUCH THE SAME, TWO HAVE SKILL SETS THAT I WILL NEVER HAVE AND SKILL SET THAT I WILL
COME TO APPRECIATE A GREAT DEAL. OUR NEWEST CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER COMES
TO US FROM THE STATE OF MARYLAND WHERE HE WAS THE CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER AND BEFORE
THAT HE WAS THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER AS THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND HE HAS A BACKGROUND
IN THE PRIEF SECTOR AS WELL, A MAN WHO IS WORTHY OF TODD'S SHOES AND MAYBE IN A FEW
TIMES THE SECRETARY WILL DESCRIBE THESE AS THE BRIAN SAVANT AWARDS, BRIAN.
[ APPLAUSE ] >> GOOD MORNING EVERYBODY, I JUST WANT TO
SAY THIS IS BEENA AN AMAZING INTRODUCTION TO HHS AWARD.
I'VE BEEN TOLD SINCE I GOT HERE ABOUT HOW INCREDIBLE THIS CEREMONY WAS AND HOW WORTHY
ALL THE TEAMS AND PARTICIPANTS, NOT JUST THE ONES THAT ARE HERE TODAY, BUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE
WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS ART, I HAVE TO SAY IT'S HUNDRED PERCENT ACCURATE AND I
WANT TO THANK TOM FOR HIS REMARKS TODAY, I PERSONALLY THINK THEY'RE INSPIRING SPECIFICALLY
THE POINT ABOUT BEING ABLE TO MOVE THINGS FORWARD, YOU NEED TO BE YOU NEED TO HAVE [INDISCERNIBLE]
IN TERMS OF TRYING NEW THINGS AND LEARNING FROM THOSE AND EXPERIMENTATION AND LEARNING
FROM THEM SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT COMMENT.
SO, YOU KNOW I'VE BEEN LIKE I SAID I'M THE NEW GUY HERE, I'VE BEEN HERE FOR A COUPLE
OF MONTHS BUT I'VE BEEN HEARING STORIES ABOUT HHS, AND I HAVE ONE TO SHARE OF MY OWN.
LAST WEEK, I WAS ON A PLANE BACK FROM SAN FRANCISCO CONNECTING TO DALLAS AND THE WHOLE
FLIGHT AS YOU DO, I WAS JUST POUNDING AWAY ON E MAIL TRYING TO CLEAR OUT MY INBOX AND
AS WE'RE LANDING, AND THE GUY SITTING UP NEXT TO ME, SAID, MAN YOU'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF
STUFF. WHAT DO YOU DO.
SO I'M THE CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER FOR EXPHELGT HUMAN SERVICES, IT'S BEEN A CRAZY WEEK FOR
A LOT TO GO THROUGH AND HE LOOKED AT ME TOTALLY SERIOUSLY AND SAID WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO
ABOUT THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE BUT TWO SEASONS AGO, ALSO A CDC CONVENTION WAS ONE OF THE
WINNERS OF THE HHS INNOVATES AWARD. THE TIMING OF THE COMMENT WAS MIRACULOUS BECAUSE
I LITERALLY JUST FINISHED WRITING AN E MAIL ABOUT THE CEREMONY TODAY AND IT PLURIBU MY
MIND THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND THEN TODAY, NED WALKED INTO MY OFFICE WITH A PAGE TORN
OUT OF THE SEPTEMBER 17th ADDITION OF BUSINESS INSURANCE MAGAZINE BUT THE BOTTOM PART OF
THIS TAPE SAYS GET READY FOR THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, IT'S AMAZING TO ME THIS MEETING AS CONTINUED
IT'S IMPORTANT BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY, FOR THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, SO THAT'S FANTASTIC.
I'LL KEEP IT RELATIVELY SHORT AS WE COME TO THE END OF THE PUBLIC PART OF THE PROGRAM
TODAY, I HAVE TWO IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS. THE FIRST ONE IS THAT THE NEXT ROUND OF HHS
INNOVATES STARTS ON OCTOBER 22. SO GET STARTED.
START THINKING ABOUT YOUR INNOVATION, START THINK BEING WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE,
AND LET'S GET SOME GOOD ONES. NOW, SECONDLY, THE SECRETARY MENTIONED AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR PROMOTING COLLABORATION ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT AND AND WE MENTION WEED HAVE
A NEW TOOL IN THE DEPARTMENT THAT IS AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE, CAN YOU SEE A SCREEN SHOT OF
IT RIGHT HERE. THIS IS A PLATFORM CALLED YAMER, WHICH MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF.
IT'S A VERY EASY TO USE COLLABORATION PLATFORM THAT ENABLES ALL OF US TO WORK FIND YOU CAN SEE A SCREEN SHOT THAT DEMDEMONSTRATES
SOME OF THE FEATURES, SO HOPEFULLY NOW WE'LL HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION PIECES,
AND COMMUNICATIONS GOING ON THAT. WE MENTION TED THE INNOVATION COUNCIL EARLIER
TODAY, WE WILL CREATE A GROUP ON THIS PLATFORM ITSELF SO IF ANY OF YOU HEAR ARE INTERESTED
IN PARTICIPATING IN THE INNOVATION COUNCIL ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS LOG ON AND JOIN.
I SHOULD SAY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE BASICALLY CHINCHED ON THE PLATFORM IS THAT WE ARE NOW
ONE BIG HHS. SO, ANYBODY WHO COMES IN, REGARDLESS OF WHERE
THERE E MAIL ADDRESS IS FROM OR WHATEVER UPDATES, WILL AUTOMATICALLY SO THAT HOPEFULLY YOU CAN
FIND PEOPLE AND COMMUNICATE WITH THEM ACROSS THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT WHICH WAS DIFFICULT
PRIOR TO. THIS I WANT TO THANK PEOPLE FOR WORKING PRETTY HARD OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS
AND PARTICULARLY, A COUPLE PEOPLE IN THE LAST YEAR AND HALF OVER THIS, SO THE WORK IN GENERAL
WAS ENABLED BY A TEAM AT NIH WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON A PILOT PROJECT FOR PRETTY MUCH
A YEAR AND HALF, THAT WE'RE NEW SCALING ACROSS EVERYBODY, SO I WANT TO THANK SANDY SCAR BURRO,
IS SHE HERE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORK PREVIOUSLY
AND OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS TO HELP MAKE THIS WORK.
AND ALSO, I WANT TO THANK MIKE YATES, IS HE HERE?
MAKE, MIKE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.
SO YOU'LL BE HEARING MUCH, MUCH, MORE ABOUT THIS PLATFORM AND HOW WE USE IT FOR MYSELF
AND FROM MIKE AND FROM SANDY AND LEADERSHIP ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT OF THE COMING WEEKS.
I WOULD HOPE THAT EVERYBODY HERE WILL PARTICIPATE AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CHALLENGES
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH AT ANY TIME. SO, YOU KNOW THE GENERAL IDEA HERE IS THAT
THIS PLATFORM, I THINK, IN ADDITION TO A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS WE'RE WORKING ON IS GOING
TO HELP US ENABLE A LOT OF DIFFERENT INNOVATION EFFORTS WE HAVE GOING ON.
I'M AMAZED LOOKING ACROSS THE PROGECS HOW SOME OF THESE WERE OVERCOME AND I BELIEVE
THAT OUR JOB HERE IS TO REMOVE AS MANY OF THOSE BARRIERS AS POSSIBLE.
SO IF YOU HAVE IDEAS, ANYTHING KIND OF GETS IN THE WAY, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND AND WE'RE
HERE TO HELP. FINALLY, I WANT TO WRAP UP BY THANKING AGAIN
THE INNOVATION COUNCIL AND SPECIFICALLY THE HHS INNOVATES SUBCOMMITTEE WHO'S DONE A TON
OF WORK, JOHN COOLS FROM CDC AND CAROLYN MEYERS FROM HHS WHO LED THE CHARGE ON THIS AND ALSO
I WANT TO THANK ELIZABETH KITRY STANDING IN THE CORNER FOR ALL THE WORK HE DID IN PUT
THANKSGIVING TOGETHER SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY, LOOKING FORWARD
TO SEEING WHERE THESE PROJECTS AND WHAT COMES UP IN THE NEXT ROUND OF THANK YOU VERY, VERY
MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]