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Todd Park Named as US CTO–An Ending of the Figure Heads- Now Some Serious Hands On Folks - Hybrids in Executive Positions

Posted Mar 09 2012 8:03pm

I’m sure I’m not alone in my opinion here with being happy finally having what is called a “hybrid” in a responsible position.  We are tired of the executives that have to “ask” for all their technical help and Mr. Park is certainly one who has a bit of image code time under his belt with his former ventures.  Once you have experienced that side of technology you view things differently as you can see the “mechanics” of how things will work to a huge degree, something that those who are not in technology can’t do.  No offense at all here but when I learned to write code and wrote software, I became logical and logical is certainly what we need.  He wrote software like I did but he was much more successful and was after my time. 

We also have a good US CIO in house with some “hands on” experience and believe me these are the folks you want in office that know algorithms, code and their power, no 2 ways about it as it’s all about that today in the business world and VanRoekel, our CIO came from Microsoft.  Again time for figureheads and those without some hands on experience to step aside so the heavy weights can walk in. 

Being logical with a coding background, coupled with my 25 years of outside sales make me a hybrid and why this blog so different than any others you read out there because again having that tech background you can “visualize” the mechanics and with hands on background in tech, you are miles ahead.  You want to see what I said about figureheads back in 2009…link below will tell you and again predictions are easier too, so here you end up with a Geek that can walk and chew code with my background and these 2 folks are way above my knowledge. 

I was getting tired of Aneesh and the “innovation” word anyway but he fit the bill for the time.  Again my comments below were nothing personal but back in 2009, with this coding background thing and the fact I love to talk from my sales background I saw this entire technology move coming before most.  There’s a lot of smarter folks than me that saw it too, but I just don’t think they talked about it:)  It’ tech war fair with banks and big business. 

Meanwhile back at the ranch over on the hill we have this…a challenge for the White House as I’m sure they would like to see smarter and more digitally literate members over at the House and Senate too.  They get their butts kicked every day over this topic and revert to their old “abortion and women’s health” issues when they don’t comprehend and I guess feel this is about as far as it gets with trying to control something. The link below has a couple great videos worth watching that will educate you on formulas, math and algorithms. 

This is why, (Congress digital illiteracy) I started my series called the Attack of the Killer Algorithms to help inform and explain to the layman how some of this stuff works.  I’m up to Chapter 23 now.  Citibank using this for risk analysis will buckle down those parameters even more and one day we are going to run out of folks that fit the “perfect parameters” here and nobody will get any money but the algos will make billions for the banks as they move it from consumers to their walls. 

Let’s see what Todd Parks does here and of course he will be interacting with Richard Cordray I would imagine who I said I hoped he has knowledge of math and algorithms from the consumer protection side of things. If he gets stumped, send Mr. Parks over to talk algorithms and formulas for profit and get the math right.

That’s all we really want is accurate data that is not spun and skewed beyond belief for the sake of corporate profits.  Nothing happens until the code that runs on servers is changed and/or fixed as flawed data is emerging everywhere today.

One more from the archives at the link below…again from 2009..at the Medical Quack…a prediction….and/or request….

“Department of Algorithms – Do We Need One of These to Regulate Upcoming Laws?

Who said “hybrids” were valuable?  None other than Bill Gates at his Berkeley graduation address a couple years ago and this link below from  his talk in 2011 at TED…, a much better and bigger code and one who has that visualization talent that we all benefit from.

I am done now and hope Mr. Parks swings into action soon.  BD 

DG News Service - President Barack Obama has appointed Todd Park, chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as the new CTO for the U.S. government.

Park, who has served as CTO at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since August 2009, cofounded health IT company Athenahealth in 1997. Before Athenahealth, he was a management consultant, focusing on health care and technology, with Booz Allen & Hamilton, and volunteered as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy.


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