Park Named Federal Chief Technology Officer
Todd Park, who held the CTO position at the Department of Health and Human Services, will replace Aneesh Chopra in this post.
Politico: White House Names HHS's Todd Park CTO
Todd Park, the chief technology officer at Health and Human Services, has been tapped by President Barack Obama to replace Aneesh Chopra as the White House's new tech guru. In a blog post Friday, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren said Park will have "the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the federal government work better for the American people" (Saleh Rauf, 3/9).
Modern Healthcare: White House Names Park As Federal CTO
President Barack Obama is appointing HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd Park as the new federal chief technology officer, the White House announced Friday. 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 (Conn, 3/9).
In other health information technology news --
Modern Healthcare: AHRQ: 'Disappointing Results' Often Seen In Health IT Deployment
Citing "disappointing results" observed often in implementing health information technology, HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is looking to evaluate the work-flow toolkit it created for clinical practices to solve problems related to health IT deployment. AHRQ funded development of the Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit in 2008. The kit is designed to promote a better understanding of how health IT issues affect workflow in ambulatory care at several stages of health IT adoption: determining system requirements, selecting a vendor, preparing for implementation, and using the newly implemented technology (Zigmond, 3/9).