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).