HHS CTO on Tech & Healthcare

We know a lot of 7CTOs members are involved in the healthcare industry in one way or another, so we hope our members and readers saw the interview in the Wall Street Journal today with  chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox.

Previously “Entrepreneur in Residence” at the health-care-focused Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ms. Fox made a name for herself at the Pew Research Center as associate director of the Internet Project from 2000-2014. There, Ms. Fox, who has a degree in anthropology, pioneered research methods to explore how information technology and social media affect the health-care industry and the consumer health-care experience, with a special focus on finding innovative ways to deliver care to people living with chronic illness.

Ms. Fox is smart and articulate, and covers some of the following topics:

  • How the Internet “flips the traditional information hierarchy” of healthcare, with patients pushing from the bottom up;

  • The challenge to get seniors online for healthcare information

  • Widening the definition of technology to beyond code and data

  • Barriers to innovation

  • Getting things done in a huge federal bureaucracy

 

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