Todd Park has been appointed Assistant to the President and U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO), filling a vacancy created by last month’s departure of Aneesh Chopra, the first CTO nationwide.
Park has served as CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since August 2009. In his work at HHS, Park led the execution of an array of breakthrough initiatives, including the creation of HealthCare.gov, a website that provides consumers with an inventory of public and private health insurance plans available across the U.S. by zip code.
President Barack Obama created the position of U.S. CTO on his first day in office, noting that corporate leaders have recognized the value of having a person responsible for ensuring technology is used as effectively as possible to gain operational efficiencies and ensure internal coordination and communication, according to the White House.
The U.S. CTO is responsible for ensuring the adoption of innovative technologies to support administration priorities, including job creation, broader access to affordable healthcare, enhanced energy efficiency, a more open government and national and homeland security.
Read an interview with Todd Park on our sister site, Healthcare Technology Management.