Health IT initiatives aim to solve ‘little data’ challenges

Better leveraging technology in key areas, such as health IT, could help streamline government services and slash the federal deficit by billions of dollars.

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council’s Institute commissioned a series of reports on the ways IT can help address national challenges, collectively known as the Quadrennial Government Technology Review (QGTR).

The authors of “Improving Population Wellness and Reducing Growth in Healthcare Costs,” join In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss health IT initiatives.

About the guests

  • Dr. Tom Love, topic leaders for the “Improving Population Wellness and Reducing Growth in Healthcare Costs” QGTR paper, and Co-Founder and CEO, Shoulders Corp.
    Dr. Tom Love has been involved in leading edge software engineering projects since the mid-1970’s. Recently, he led a ShouldersCorp team to do an assessment of the feasibility and risks associated with the reengineering of the VistA system for the CIO of Veterans Health Administration. Tom has held significant technical and management positions in companies such as GE, ITT, IBM and Morgan Stanley. At Morgan Stanley, he was the Managing Director responsible for all trading and risk management software worldwide. As a VP of IBM consulting, he won and managed a major project to develop a Computerized Medical Record system for a 900-bed medical center. He also was responsible for designing and implementing an assessment center selection process for new IBM consultants. In the past 11 years he has had direct on-site management responsibility for 5 significant agile development projects – all of which were delivered on time, on spec and on budget – the largest of which involved a team of 175. Many lessons learned are recorded in his Cambridge University book, Object Lessons: lessons learned from object-oriented development projects. Tom has also published a series of well regarded papers on software metrics, estimation techniques and human factors beginning in the 1970’s. He founded the first company selling object-oriented development tools and organized the meeting which led to ACM’s OOPSLA conference, the largest annual conference devoted to object technology. Dr. Love is on the CMU/SEI Board of Visitors, is a founder of the Worldwide Institute of Software Architects (WWISA), and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington where he studied the characteristics of successful computer programmers.
  • Anne Reed, QGTR co-chair, and President and CEO, Anne Reed Consulting
    Anne Reed is a former CIO of the Department of Agriculture and a champion in industry of acquisition reform. For many years, Reed led ASI Government, a firm that provided staff and expertise on acquisition to government. She now heads her own consulting firm.

    Reed is an experienced sage in the acquisition community. She understands the key elements to building a strong public/private partnership. As such, she eagerly serves as a mentor, advocate and resource for the federal and private-sector sides of the acquisition equation.


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