U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is expected to step down by year’s end — according to a report from Fortune.com. Park has served in his position since 2012 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama, replacing Aneesh Chopra. Previously, Park served as HHS CTO from 2009-2012.
The White House has yet to announce Park’s replacement. Park is planning to move to Silicon Valley by the end of this month, where he will continue to serve as CTO and focus on recruiting talent, Federal News Radio reported. Prior to accepting his post in Washington D.C., Park co-founded both health IT vendor athenahealth Inc. and Castlight Health Inc., an online healthcare information shopping service.
Park’s name was in the spotlight during the troubled launch of the national health insurance site Healthcare.gov. The site was slowed and crashed in the days following the commencement of insurance-exchange enrollment driven by the Affordable Care Act. Park stated that heavy traffic loads were responsible for the site’s malfunctions. More than eight million users visited the site over a four-day period and at times traffic exceeded 250,000 users per minute — a number that was four times greater than the official projection.
Park played a role in creating the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The program was designed to bring in professionals outside of government and stimulate cooperation between them and federal innovators. In a blog post, Park wrote the program goals of the Innovation Fellows were to “save taxpayers money, fuel job creation, and improve the return government is delivering to the American people.”
One of the first five projects of the innovation program involved health IT, spreading the adoption of Blue Button, a system that allows patients to electronically access their health information. His hope was to spread Blue Button into the consumer realm, after the Veterans’ Administration found success in using Blue Button for ex-military patients who needed to move data between the Department of Veterans Affairs and civilian healthcare providers.