HHS tech chief Park moving to top federal technology post
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.