Building a “Holy Cow Machine” for Healthcare

Todd Park (Health and Human Services)
The Power of Platforms
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When Atul Gawande revealed in the New Yorker that McAllen, TX had not only the highest healthcare costs in the country but also the worst health outcomes, it was a “holy cow moment” for the country. Todd Park, co-founder of Athena Health and now Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a vision of how health care data can be used to create a “holy cow machine” that will let us reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes in the same way that Walmart improves its inventory efficiency or Google improves ad targeting. He’ll talk about how aggregate data about health outcomes is unleashing a torrent of innovation, as we move from paying for volume of care to paying for the value of care in improving actual health outcomes.

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Todd Park

Health and Human Services

Todd Park joined HHS as Chief Technology Officer in August 2009. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over the following decade into one of the most innovative, socially-oriented, and successful health information technology companies in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology, and operations. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

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