Each Health+ engagement is part of an ongoing series of research and healthathon cycles, with the first engagement being sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
The Health+ program utilizes Human-Centered Design (HCD) research to better understand a high-impact health issue placed in focus. Each Health+ engagement is part of an ongoing series of research and healthathon cycles. These cycles aim to construct a more supportive infrastructure around the most medically vulnerable populations in the US through private-public collaboration, cross-industry dialogue and collaboration, and creative problem solving with the potential for policy, code, and systems solutions.
The program outlines accurate personas within populations affected by targeted high-impact health issues, identifies needs for specific groups, develops journey maps that capture support infrastructure pain points and opportunities, and creates tools that will ultimately be leveraged through policy, by clinicians in healthcare spaces, and in other support areas in order to directly improve the lives of those living with the targeted health issue through the most effective means possible (validated through our research).