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Visionary Technology Thought Leader, Chief Technology Officer of the United States (2009-2012) and Author, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government
Appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra clearly outlines ways technology can spur innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the world and solve the vexing problems facing the domains of health care, education and energy.
March 21, 2017
On his initial day in office, President Obama directed the United States’ first chief technology officer to foster a more open and transparent government. Aneesh Chopra helped usher in a new era of collaboration with the private sector, one that focused on creating the jobs and industries of the future while solving key problems in the public and regulated sectors of the economy. Drawing on his experience of promoting productivity growth through the “impatient convening” role of government, Chopra set forth to tap the expertise of the American people. Borrowing techniques from the most state-of-the-art companies, he developed an “open innovation” strategy to make government smarter and more responsive to private sector demands. In this enlightening presentation, Chopra explores future possibilities for data innovation to improve key growth markets, including health care, energy and education, illustrated by his recent work to apply data analytics to improve matchmaking between employers, job seekers and training programs. He shares with audiences his insights on how organizations can apply similar approaches to develop new products and services to meet growing customer demands.
As President Obama’s first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra fostered greater collaboration by opening up government data and encouraging its use in a growing number of commercial products and services. Despite the widespread economic benefits of open collaboration, Chopra understood the importance of protecting sensitive data from growing cybersecurity threats and worked to address them in the Administration’s open innovation strategy. Drawing on his experiences, Chopra shares his expertise and unique perspective on many of the complex, urgent issues balancing the economic benefits of greater collaboration with the potential costs of rising cybersecurity threats in this informative and thought-provoking presentation. How do we bring together the private sector and government in order to identify common threats? How do we deal with these threats without undermining privacy? Chopra tackles these tough questions and addresses the most pressing topics of the day, including the current challenges in our legal framework, options to mitigate cybersecurity threats, and what each individual and organization can do to make our networks more secure and reliable today.
As President Obama’s first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra fostered greater collaboration by opening up government data and encouraging its use in a growing number of commercial products and services, with particular emphasis in health care. Coupled with the Administration’s efforts to catalyze the adoption of health IT through its “meaningful use” incentive program and accelerate the transition towards value-based payment, Chopra believes we are entering a golden era of IT-fueled care delivery innovation. He will share his view of consumers taking a more active role in navigating the health care delivery system, empowered with greater access to their own data and the growing number of apps and navigation support services that can ensure they seek the right care in the right setting at the right time. He will focus on the need for health care organizations to build the necessary foundation for organizing, enriching and (securely) sharing patient health data, including recent efforts to open up data across EHRs, payers, government and the growing ecosystem of remote monitoring services to enable population health and accomplish true interoperability.
Appointed as the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra clearly outlines ways technology can spur innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the world and solve the vexing problems facing the domains of health care, education and energy.
Selected as the nation’s first chief technology officer by President Obama, Aneesh Chopra was tasked with promoting innovation, transparency and collaboration within the federal government. An energetic groundbreaker who previously served as Virginia’s fourth secretary of technology, Chopra catapulted the President’s technology agenda forward by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide collaboration. By introducing the concept of “open innovation,” which tapped into the private sector to solve long-standing government problems—job creation, reducing health-care costs, protecting the homeland—Chopra arrived at solutions often overlooked by his counterparts. His wide array of accomplishments include designing the National Wireless Initiative, a development of a nationwide public safety broadband network, and implementing the President’s open government strategy which focused on unlocking the federal government’s potential in solving problems and seeding industries of the future. Currently a senior advisor to The Advisory Board Company, and to Albright Stonebridge Group, Chopra shares critical insights into how to make public and private sector organizations more effective, efficient and transparent, leaving audiences with an understanding of how technological innovation will help businesses and governments stay competitive in the global economy. In his book, Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government (May, 2014), he offers an absorbing look at how open government can establish a new paradigm for the Internet era and allow us to tackle our most challenging problems, from economic development to affordable health care.
Upon his departure as chief technology officer of the United States, President Obama noted, “As the federal government’s first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”