Innovation event offers preview of acting USDA CIO’s priorities
April 27, 2015
Acting CIO Joyce Hunter helped plan an innovation summit sponsored by the D.C. alumni club of her alma mater, the Wharton School.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park on Tuesday gave an impassioned speech to America’s health care innovators, urging them to use newly released government data to fuel a revolution in the country’s health care.
With the liberation of government data, along with funding provided by the Recovery Act and the Affordable Care Act, Park said there has literally never been a better time in history to be an innovator or entrepreneur in the health care space as technology can work to save and improve lives, reduce costs and give patients more control over their own care.
“I can’t think of more important work for American innovation,” Park said in keynoting the second day of Health Datapalooza IV, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. “It will be incredibly hard work, but as I’ve learned, things that are truly worthwhile are always difficult. I have every confidence that you will succeed, because I know to never bet against American innovators and entrepreneurs, especially those as full of heart, soul and power as you.”
Speaking before more than 2,000 attendees, who included a mix of federal and state government leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and developers, Park laid out four key areas that are helping improve health care through technology.
“The revolution is here, but this is just the beginning,” said Park, who was one of the founders of the Datapalooza three years ago when serving as CTO at HHS. Back then, the event featured about 45 participants. “Innovators are already doing amazing things, helping to create tools to allow people to take part in their own health care, along with creating jobs in the process, but there is still so much more to be done.”
To push the development community, Park gave them three tasks going forward: