Health IT gets a friend at the top in Aneesh Chopra

Health IT gets a friend at the top in Aneesh Chopra

Summary: What's needed for better technology policy in government may be someone who understands how to make better tech policy in government. Health IT is that area of technology whose deals are most like government contracting anyway.

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Aneesh Chopra, the President's choice as the nation's first Chief Technology Officer, is the best possible friend for health IT.

A point highlighted on the official biography at his old job is his Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2007 State Leadership Advocacy Award.

Before taking his state job he was very involved in the problems of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and in interviews always gives health IT a shout-out.

While there was a lot of comment about the President creating a "team of rivals" in his Administration, Chopra is close to Vivek Kundra, the governement CIO appointed last month. That means there won't be fighting at the top of the government stack.

Open source uber-guru Tim O'Reilly is over the moon about the Chopra pick, noting his work on an open source textbook, and the creation of a state-run venture capital fund.

Chopra grasps the power of open source software, Web 2.0, user-participation, and why it's better to harness the ingenuity of a developer community than to specify complete top-down solutions.

It's clear that while former President Bush drew his top advisors from business, President Obama is drawing from state government. Given that reality, taking Virginia's technology officer seems a safe choice.

Virginians were skeptical when Chopra took their job. They seem his biggest boosters now.

What's needed for better technology policy in government may be someone who understands how to make better tech policy in government. Health IT is that area of technology whose deals are most like government contracting anyway.

We could have done worse. Could we have done better?

Topics: IT Employment, CXO, Enterprise Software, Government, Government US, Health, Open Source, Software

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  • Sound of tax dollars being wasted

    The future generations will be working for nothing,
    with the way Obongo and thugs are bankrupting
    and socializing 'Amerika' we need to learn to
    speak and write Manderian Chinese.
    Christian_<><
    • Not Hindi?

      After all, Chopra and CIO Kundra are Indian. Or
      doesn't logic appeal when prejudice will do?

      I'm sure you just misspelled the name of the
      President of the United States by accident. His
      name is Barack Hussein Obama. Duly elected by a
      majority of the electoral college.

      I also doubt most Americans can learn Mandarin.
      My son has taken it for four years in high
      school and says his performance is not what he
      would like it to be. Maybe a trip to our Chinese
      overlords will help.

      I'll give them your best...
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • Oops...

        ...posted to wrong thread. Anyway...I like your humor. (see "well said fred")
        wmlundine
  • RE: Health IT gets a friend at the top in Aneesh Chopra

    Added to http://EHRLinks.com
    wownet
  • Well said Fred...

    ...I like your style.
    wmlundine