HHS announced the six private-sector participants who will spend the next several months working with department employees on four projects that address assorted healthcare problems and needs.
This summer, HHS released information on four projects in the department's HHS Innovation Fellows Program
, including three with heavy health information technology components. On Tuesday, HHS announced that Mindy Hangsleben, an innovator in the Lean Methodology in Portland Oregon, will work to develop new quality measures that use electronic health-record system data to evaluate the effects of the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Zachery Jiwa, a healthcare technology executive from Baton Rouge, La., and Chris Lunt, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur, will work to design an electronic infrastructure for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program eligibility. Frank Sanborn, an e-commerce technologist from Seattle, will work to build health technology meant to withstand natural disasters. Finally, David Cartier of Roswell, Ga.—a specialist in the information technology supply chain—and Clive Hohberger, an applied physicist from Chicago, will devise electronic tracking and transport systems for the country's organ transplant system.
"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," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in her announcement of the first class of participants
. HHS chose the fellows from an applicant pool of more than 100 innovators.