Members of the NIH and Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins University innovation team
are shown with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the HHSinnovates ceremony on Mar.
30. Included are (from l) James Anderson, David Zhang, Laura Lee, Chandra Kola, Ivor
D’Souza, Cindy Notobartolo, Bill Corr (deputy secretary HHS), Sebelius, Wei Ma, Voula
McDonough, Robert Rothstein, Donna Sasenick, Steven Phillips and Dwight Clarke.
Between now and Aug. 3, you can vote for the best ideas in round 5 of the
HHSinnovates awards competition. Innovations from across HHS, including
NIH, that improve the way we do business have been submitted and are now in
the semi-final round of the competition. Based on votes cast by the HHS community,
six innovations will be presented to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who
will select the top three for recognition at an awards ceremony in September.
In the previous round of HHSinnovates, your votes helped a team from NIH
win the competition. The Patient Tracking and Locating System team and other
finalists from across HHS were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by Sebelius
on Mar. 30 and received a $2,500 cash prize.
To help hospitals manage high volumes of incoming patients in disaster situations,
the National Library of Medicine, the Clinical Center, Suburban Hospital/
Johns Hopkins Medicine and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
worked together to develop and test a Patient Tracking and Locating System
that can be made available to hospitals nationwide. The system empowers hospital
emergency management staff with real-time information about incoming
patient counts, severity status and location, ensuring that key staff have the
information necessary to make timely decisions crucial to patient care.
You can cast your vote by clicking on the “Vote HHSinnovates” button at http://employees.nih.gov.