WFED 1500 AM Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy interviews Aneesh Chopra, Senior Advisor for The Advisory Board and former White House Chief Technology Officer.
Aneesh Chopra was the first federal Chief Technology Officer, and held that position from August of 2009 until February 2012. He recently went back to his previous employer, The Advisory Board as a Senior Consultant. This interview covers his work in healthcare IT, the State of Virginia, and his analysis of his time in the White House. Listen here to the entire radio interview.
Mr. Chopra states, “The National Wireless Initiative allows the federal government to auction off parts of the wireless spectrum. Part will pay off the federal debt and part will expand the Public Safety Broadband Network.” During the interview, he commented that this is the initiative that will have the most long term effect on America.
One of the final acts before he left office, Aneesh presented the Open Innovator’s Toolkit. This is a collection of twenty case studies where federal IT professionals used technology to save money.
The interview covered the recent White House push for Big Data as well as a project from the Department of Energy called, Green Button. There is a tool that allows citizens to get an idea of how much energy is consumed in their home. Chopra details how thousands of homeowners in California have saved money using this tool.
Aneesh reiterated his sentiment from a February 21, 2012 interview with CNET, when he said, “My life story is largely how healthcare can be modernized by information technology.”
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John Gilroy hosts a weekly radio show on Federal News Radio, appears regularly as “The Computer Guy” on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Further information about John and his thought-provoking comments on the technology industry can be found at John’s blog.