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Todd Park, CTO of HHS Speaking on Health Innovation in New York

Thanks to Jeanne Pinder, a member of our Health 2.0 NYC community as well as the Hacks / Hackers NYC meetup, Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer at HHS, one of the true game changers in Washington, will be coming to tell us about how he wants to change healthcare in America and how our Government is helping.  By opening up previously inaccessible government data sets and inviting programmers and entrepreneurs to revolutionize the practice of medicine and the healthcare industry, he is truly making a difference.

Event Info You Need to Know:

Tweetup* Hashtag: #H2NYC

* Note: There is no WiFi access so bring your MiFi or wireless card or get there early and get one of the 20 or so Tweet Seats where you can get wired access.  Reserved for Bloggers and Tweeters!

Livestream Site:


2:00 - Doors Open (show up early to interviewed or a tweet seat with power and internet access - no wifi!)

2:30 - Recommended arrival time for all Attendees

3:05 - Brief Intro and a word from our Sponsor

3:15 - Todd Park!

4:00 - Q & A with Todd Park

4:30 - Hackathon presentations

4:45 -  NYeC Executive Director David Whitlinger Announces the Digital Health Conference

5:00 - After event at local establishment

*** If you are a Health Care Provider (MD, DO, RN,...) you need to identify yourself as such and email us ASAP you full name, Degree, and state of license ***

About Todd Park

TODD PARK, CTO Department of Health and Human Services

An inspirational speaker and leader, in conjunction with Hacks / Hackers NYC and thanks to our new sponsor Pfizer, we are happy to present Todd Park!

Fast Company named Todd the 48th most creative person in America for 2010.  Here is what Stephanie Schomer, Assistant Editor wrote about him:

Todd Park, is taking public-health data -- obesity rates, smoking rates, access to healthy food -- and liberating them. Through the Community Health Data Initiative, the information is now available to everyone, including developers and businesses.

"It's insufficient to just put data out there," he says. " We want to market them to people who can turn them into supercool apps."

One developer has suggested open-sourcing a social-networking game -- and creating the FarmVille of community health.

" We can educate people," Park says, " and help them use the data to lead healthier lives." In his mind, his current job isn't much different from his previous one -- Park co-founded Athena Health. " I still think of myself as an entrepreneur," he says. " Everyone at HHS is -- we have the data and the mojo. We form virtual startups to accomplish our goals."

About Dave Whitlinger

Prior to serving as Executive Director of New York eHealth Collaborative, Dave Whitlinger served as the Director of Healthcare Device Standards and Interoperability for the Intel Corporation in its Digital Health Group. Mr. Whitlinger was responsible for Intel’s healthcare device interoperability strategies and the standards development to support those strategies. He has also led a large, cross-industry consortium, the Continua Health Alliance, focused on the establishment of an ecosystem of interoperable, personal telehealth systems. Mr. Whitlinger was with Intel from 1993 to 2009. Prior to establishing the Healthcare Device Standards Group, he worked on a wide variety of wireless standards. As a result, Mr. Whitlinger and his team have held leadership roles in many standards organizations throughout the world, including: Health Level Seven (HL7); Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE); IEEE 1073; Bluetooth SIG; WiMedia Alliance; Homeplug Alliance; UPnP Forum; Oasis; WSI; and, the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA). He also served on the Bluetooth SIG Board of Directors for several years. Mr. Whitlinger is the author of five research journal articles, four of which focused on breast cancer DNA analysis.

About NYeC

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The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) was founded by health care leaders across the state, with leadership and support from the New York State Department of Health. NYeC is a public-private partnership that serves as a focal point for health care stakeholders to build consensus on state health IT policy priorities, and to collaborate on state and regional health IT implementation efforts. NYeC is a trusted, independent collaborative that reflects a diverse array of interests and perspectives on key policies and standards to ensure that health IT implementation efforts are successful.

About Health 2.0

Health 2.0 is all about collaboration, so with an event this big and a speaker this important we are happy to welcome other meetups to join in.  Thanks to George and Steven Dean on the Quantified Self meetup for announcing this event over there too.  Please note that you need to RSVP on Health 2.0 or Hacks and Hackers to attend the actual event.

About Hacks / Hackers NYC:

Hacks/Hackers NYC brings journalists and developers together at the intersection of news, technology and enterprise. We help members find inspiration and think in new directions, bringing together potential collaborators for news and technology projects, as well as and new ventures. Hacks/Hackers is a community, a catalyst and a celebration of journalism and technology. To learn more, go to

Thanks to everyone for making this happen and selling out two venues before we even announced it - a new first for us :)

See You There!

-Alex Fair

Orgaizer, Health 2.0 NYC


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  • Brian

    Todd is an excellent speaker whose enthusiasm is contagious! I look forward to hearing him again and getting to know him better.

    August 16, 2011

  • Alex F.

    Please see the video here: You did a great job in the interviews Darin!

    August 16, 2011

  • Jason L.

    One of the most energetic and engaging presenters I've seen. We should all be as passionate about Health Innovation as Todd is!

    August 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very inspiring!

    August 14, 2011

  • Stacey

    Great job by the organizers. Everything was perfectly arranged down to live tweets on monitors, Todd Park was absolutely fantastic and the venue was convenient and top notch.

    August 14, 2011

  • Rob

    Excellent content. Definitely food for thought. Todd had much more energy and passion than I expected having never heard him speak before in any medium.

    August 13, 2011

  • Daniel K.

    The best meetup up to date! Tons of useful information and high level of energy. Thank you Todd as well as Alex, Eugene and the rest of organizers.

    August 13, 2011

  • Laird K.

    The most dynamic speaker/'evangelist with a compelling/engaging presentation

    August 13, 2011

  • Jesse A.

    Fantastic presentation from an enthusiastic, inspiring speaker! It was one of the best events I've been to this year, and certainly the best H2NYC event to date.

    August 13, 2011

  • Darin G.

    That was a fantastic event. It was great to meet everyone!

    August 12, 2011

  • Sandra

    I love the idea of a catalog similar to the Whole Earth one. It would be nice to have a single source to look for solutions and unlike the olden days of print, this catalog could be dynamic and updated regularly. I think one for health care apps should be part of it as well. Last year I was a founder and CMO of a med device / SaaS (we exited in 6 mos) and we kept finding apps that would enhance our product but a certralized source would have been fabulous.

    August 12, 2011

  • Todd G.

    Here's an essay on Todd Park from The Atlantic: "Can Todd Park Revolutionize the Healthcare Industry?" It highlights his interest in payment reform and consumer choice, his investment in Castlight, (the WSJ ranked it as the best venture-backed company); the HHS-sponsored Community Health Data Initiative Program which spawned Microsoft's "Hospital Compare." Is there a way to create a "catalog" of sorts for healthcare prevention tools the same way Steward Brand did for the Whole Earth Catalogue?

    August 12, 2011

  • Alex F.

    perhaps, but let's let Todd have his own day.

    July 18, 2011

  • jeanne pinder changed the date and time to Friday, August 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    July 18, 2011

  • Alex F.

    Thanks for reaching out to Todd Jeanne! This will be a great event.

    July 17, 2011

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