Wednesday, November 17, 2010

White House CTO is Optimistic

The White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy speaking at the mHealth Summit held in Washington D.C., emphasized how discussions with key technology leaders can move innovative ideas and products to the marketplace. Discussions on the power of cloud computing and how to proceed, how to open data to the public, and how to collaborate with the private sector on standards also needs to take place.

A few months ago, Chopra went on a trade mission to India, to discuss dozens of innovative ideas and how best to provide rural health services to villages that need not only better maternal care but also better healthcare, and how mobile technology will play an important role.

Chopra mentioned several innovative programs such as the Blue Button program recently initiated that enables veterans, military, and Medicare recipients with the click of a button to download their personal health and claims data. Today 100,000 downloads have been accomplished through the program.

The White House, HHS along with CTIA,-The Wireless Association, Voxiva, and Johnson & Johnson plus other private partners, played a key role in using innovation to make the “Text4baby” free service available to women who receive SMS text messages each week timed to their due date or their baby’s date of birth.

Aneesh Chopra, Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer for HHS, and the National Healthy Mothers, Health Babies Coalition were extremely pleased to announce at the mHealth Summit, that a new multi-million dollar multi-year commitment from Johnson & Johnson will help many more new and underserved mothers get access to information on how to take care of their health and make it possible for the mothers to give their babies the best possible start in life. The goal is to serve at least one million mothers by 2012.