HHS effort focuses on innovation for pressing healthcare issues

Health data and child obesity are among the problems that entrepreneurs are searching for solutions to as part of an effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The project is part of an event called 10.10.10, which started Monday in Denver. For the effort, 10 entrepreneurs must find solutions for 10 healthcare issues in 10 days, according to an article at The Hill.

"The U.S. health and healthcare systems that have lagged behind, or maybe even been resistant to entrepreneur-driven innovation, are at a critical inflection point," Bryan Sivak, HHS chief technology officer, told The Hill. "The needs are great and this is more important than ever before."

President Barack Obama's administration also is getting involved in healthcare innovation and technology; the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 includes efforts to boost sharing and access to electronic health information.

Some of the entrepreneurs participating in the 10.10.10 event include the CEO of a medical device company and the founder of a radio streaming firm, according to The Hill.

HHS has taken many steps of late to advance health information technology. It recently announced a two-year grant program for $28 million to advance the adoption and use of interoperable health IT tools and services to support health information exchange.

In addition, the department, in its second round of grants as part of its State Innovation Models Initiative, also awarded more than $665 million to be split among 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, FierceHealthcare reported.

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