– Harnessing IT Innovation to Improve the Nation’s Health – Harnessing IT Innovation to Improve the Nation’s Health

Lecture: CITRIS Distinguished Speaker | October 5 | 4:15-5:15 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Aud., 3rd floor

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CITRIS (Ctr for Info Technology Research in the Interest of Society)

The Obama Administration is aggressively innovating in order to use information technology to improve health. Unprecedented amounts of health data will be made available, and the Administration is encouraging the development of Web 2.0 and other technologies to transform that data into useful tools for understanding public policy, selecting insurance coverage and evaluating the quality of providers. As part of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a significant new public website – – that provides information on health insurance, hospital quality and recent federal health legislation.

Todd Park joined HHS as Chief Technology Officer in August 2009. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over the following decade into one of the most innovative, socially-oriented, and successful health information technology companies in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology, and operations. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics


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