HHS tech chief Park mov­ing to top fed­eral tech­nol­ogy post

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Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is ap­point­ing HHS Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer Todd Park as the new fed­eral chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer. In a blog post an­nounc­ing the ap­point­ment, the White House said Park has served as a “hugely en­er­getic force for pos­i­tive change” at HHS. “He led the suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion of an ar­ray of break­through ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of Health­care.gov, the first web­site to pro­vide con­sumers with a com­pre­hen­sive in­ven­tory of public and pri­vate health in­sur­ance plans avail­able across the na­tion by ZIP code in a sin­gle, easy-to-use tool,” the White House said. Park suc­ceeds Aneesh Cho­pra, the first fed­eral CTO, who stepped down from that po­si­tion ear­lier this year. Obama cre­ated the CTO post in Jan­uary 2009 “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,” the White House said. Park joined the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in Au­gust 2009. In 1997, he co-founded Athenahealth, a ven­dor of Web-based prac­tice-man­age­ment and elec­tronic health-record sys­tems and ser­vices for of­fice-based physi­cians. Park helped or­ga­nize the first two an­nual Health Dat­a­palooza events in Washington to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of in­no­va­tive IT ap­pli­ca­tions for health­care im­prove­ment. A third Health Dat­a­palooza is sched­uled to take place in Washington on June 5 and 6.

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