A national database for autism research and a program that changes the way scientific information is condensed and released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were among the latest winning programs of an HHS initiative to recognize innovation within the department's agencies.
HHS announces innovator honorees
On Monday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the honorees selected from more than 85 qualified candidates in the third round of HHSinnovates, a program launched last year. The top candidates were submitted through an open, Web-based process that allowed HHS employees to vote. According to HHS, candidates were judged on both their “innovativeness” and their applicability for use by other programs within HHS or throughout the federal government.
In this latest round, Sebelius chose the National Database for Autism Research, which the National Institutes of Health developed to synthesize 90% or more of all human research data concerning autism spectrum disorders; “Vital Signs,” a program at the CDC that develops customized messages written for both professional and lay audiences using scientific data from CDC surveillance programs; and the light-emitting diode cap lamp, a new mine workers cap lamp developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety, the CDC and outside partners.
There were also three “honorable mention” awardees, including one program that is a collaborative effort among the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, the General Services Administration, and the Agriculture Department that led to guidelines for federal concessions and vending operations.
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