Bryan Sivak will be the next chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to an HHS spokesperson.
Sivak has been a consistent voice for smarter use of technology and meaningful innovation here in DC and in Maryland.
This appointment will go a long way to ensuring that the groundbreaking legacy of Todd Park at HHS is not just carried forward but extended and improved upon in the year ahead.
“Since April 2011, Bryan has served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government,” commented HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in an emailed statement. “He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works.“
“Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District’s residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service. Bryan previously worked in the private sector, co-founding InQuira, Inc., a multi-national software company, in 2002, and Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided one of the world’s first Natural Language Search engines available on the web in 1998.”
“Working in partnership with Chief Technology Officer of the United States Todd Park, Bryan will ensure that the Department’s innovation initiatives continue to move ahead at full speed. We will benefit tremendously from his creativity, experience, and fresh ideas as we continue our work to harness the power of data and technology to improve the health of the nation.”
For a sense of the man himself and his perspective, watch the video embedded below, recorded in February 2012 at the Global OD Development Summit in South Africa: