This weekend’s Boston Blue Button Innovation Challenge had many inspirational and brilliant people involved with a mission to improve healthcare for the better of the American public.
The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused 6-13 month “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job creation. Presidential Innovation Fellows have a unique opportunity to serve our Nation and make an impact on a truly massive scale.
The program was first established in August 2012. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park described the program: “This new initiative will bring top innovators from outside government for focused “tours of duty” with our best federal innovators on game-changing projects. Combining the know-how of citizen change agents and government change agents in small, agile teams that move at high speed, these projects aim to deliver significant results within six months.”
MedTech Boston caught up with Presidential Innovation Fellows Tom Black and Nayan Jain. Mr. Black, a graduate of the Naval War College and part of the US Navy Reserve, works on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Veterans affairs. He is an engineer and web developer by training, and he previously was a Technical Founder in Residence with Blueprint Health and a Curriculum Designer and Instructor with General Assembly.
Mr. Nayan Jain works on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services. Mr Jain is a Developer and Interaction Designer involved in a variety of optimization applications. He was previously the Director of Mobile Technology and Senior Software Engineer at Audax Health and Co-Founder of MedTuner, a Health 2.0 Developers World Cup Finalist.
The goal of the MyData Initiatives is to empower the American people with secure access to their own personal health, energy, and education data.
My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.
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