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Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technical Officer - Former CTO, Dept. of HHS

Todd Park joined the US Department of Health and Human Services as Chief Technology Officer in August 2009. In this role, he was 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.

Learn more about Mr. Park and see why you want to see and hear him in person!

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What sets Park apart is his background as a serial entrepreneur. In 1997, he co-founded with Jonathan Bush athenahealth, a seller of practice management services and electronic health records, with a market cap of $2.7 billion. His brother Ed, athenahealth’s chief operating officer, helped develop the software. In 2008, he co-founded Castlight Health, a company that challenges the status-quo among health care providers. It allows patients to compare costs for medical procedures and doctor visits, highlighting the wild price variations that exist for example, for a cholesterol test.

Speaking at SXSW, Park said: “Not only is it possible to do lean startup in federal government, but it’s the most effective way to drive change in the federal government.” With him in charge.

The Position of Chief Technology Officer

On his first full day in office, President Obama created the position of “Chief Technology Officer” to help modernize a Federal government relying too heavily on 20th century technology, and to better use technological tools to address a wide range of national challenges. In his role as U.S. CTO, Todd will continue the work of Aneesh Chopra, the Nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, who stepped down last month after an inspired and productive three years on the job.

The U.S. CTO’s office is situated here within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where Todd will work closely with U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Telecommunications Tom Power. Tom will perform the duties of OSTP’s Associate Director for Technology—a position previously held by Chopra in conjunction with his role as U.S. CTO—while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.


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