Solutions Showcase: COVID-19 TOPx Sprint

May 21, 2021

Solutions Showcase: COVID-19 TOPx Sprint

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Census Bureau, we invite you to a Virtual Solutions Showcase of the finalists in the TOPx technology sprint. During this event you will learn about and experience first-hand twelve digital products developed to address COVID-19 data collection and reporting efforts.

In addition to lighting talks and live demos from the technologists who developed these products, the event will host conversations with leading experts from government and industry to facilitate learning about the vast responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HHS launched the “COVID-19 TOPx” technology sprint to continue momentum and further develop digital health tools to capture, harmonize, and securely transmit key data elements from at-anywhere COVID-19 diagnostic tests. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that diagnostic data from testing devices is harmonized, automated, and shared with public health authorities and other key stakeholders is essential. Unfortunately, this process is not currently occurring because diagnostic devices and tests have not previously been coupled with applications or digital software tools. Through this sprint, 12 technology teams are working to ensure this information is transmitted efficiently, securely and accurately to key stakeholders, including federal, state, local and tribal government, employers, schools, consumers and more.

The COVID-19 TOPx sprint builds upon years of experience from the Census Bureau's “The Opportunity Project (TOP) Technology Sprints”, including the HHS “TOP Health” Technology Sprint in 2018 and 2019 with Presidential Innovation Fellows. Both TOP and TOPx provide a process for government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations to collaborate and create value from federal data.