Presidential Innovation Fellows, HHS Partner on Tech Sprint to Improve Patient Experience, Treatment Access

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Presidential Innovation Fellows and the Department of Health and Human Services have teamed up to conduct a tech sprint that seeks to improve patients’ experiences and access to health care.

The 14-week sprint that commenced in October aims to convert open data from HHS, Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies into digital platforms, according to a Digital.gov blog post published Friday.

One of the tracks of the program will focus on the development of an ecosystem that aims to use data sets to train and test artificial intelligence tools in order to build up patients’ access to novel treatments.

Fellows from the PIF program will oversee the AI ecosystem project that includes Microsoft’s health care arm, Philips, Oracle, Flatiron Health, TrialX and Rush Medical.

Kristen Honey from the office of the chief technology officer at HHS will lead another sprint track that aims to leverage patient- and crowd-based data insights to address tick-borne and Lyme diseases.

The LivLyme Foundation, TickTracker and Clyme Health will take part in the Lyme disease-focused sprint track.

HHS and the fellows plan to hold a demo day in 2019 to present the results from the tech sprint.