White House Names Todd Park as New Chief Technology Officer

On Friday, the White House announced that President Obama will appoint Todd Park to be the new U.S. chief technology officer, Modern Healthcare reports (Modern Healthcare, 3/9).

Park replaces Aneesh Chopra, the country's first CTO, who stepped down from the post in January (iHealthBeat, 1/27).

Park previously served as HHS' CTO for nearly three years (Holdren, "White House Blog," 3/9).

Prior to joining HHS, Park co-founded health IT firm athenahealth in 1997 and served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology and operations (Park, iHealthBeat, 9/14/11).

In a White House blog post, John Holdren -- assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy -- noted that while at HHS, Park "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" ("White House Blog," 3/9).

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