U.S. Chief Tech Officer Steps Down, Switches Roles
Todd Park will return to Silicon Valley as part of White House team trying to recruit top technology talent into government service and channel ideas from the tech community.
Reuters: Obama tech policy maven moves to Silicon Valley role
Todd Park, President Barack Obama's chief technology officer who played a role in fixing the flawed Healthcare.gov website, is moving to a new job recruiting top Silicon Valley talent to government, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Park, a successful tech entrepreneur who became a top adviser to Obama, will move to the West Coast at the end of the month as part of a White House team, the source said on condition of anonymity because it has not been made public (Felsenthal and Chan, 8/22).
Modern Healthcare: Todd Park Stepping Down As U.S. Chief Tech Officer, Returning To Silicon Valley
Todd Park, well-known in health care IT circles as a founder of Athenahealth and Castlight Health, is leaving his post as White House chief technology officer by year-end but won't be done with government, Fortune has reported. He'll be moving back to the West Coast, leading an effort to help recruit new tech talent to the government. Before government, Park was a successful tech entrepreneur. As of Friday, the combined market capitalization of the Athenahealth and Castlight totaled approximately $6 billion. Park moved to government in August 2009, becoming chief technology officer at HHS. There, he championed open data for consumers and government. At this year's Health Datapalooza conference, he identified the "blue button" initiative, which allows patients to download their health data, and the increasing openness of government datasets, as key megatrends shaping the future of health care (Tahir, 8/22).