White House Appoints New Chief Technology Officer, Deputy

The White House named former Google executive Megan Smith as its new chief technology officer to succeed Athenahealth co-founder and HHS veteran Todd Park, who is credited with helping rescue HealthCare.gov.

The White House named former

executive Megan Smith as its new chief technology officer to succeed Athenahealth co-founder and HHS veteran Todd Park, who is credited with helping rescue

.

GoogleHealthCare.gov

The Obama administration announced the appointment Thursday in a

, which also introduced Alexander Macgillivray, most recently of Twitter, as Smith's deputy.

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Smith was involved in a variety of executive roles with Google, but most recently with its Google[x] project, which focuses on R&D for long-term bets in technology. Google[x] has attempted a number of innovations in healthcare, including a contact lens that can sense glucose through tears. Most recently, Google announced a partnership with pharmaceutical firm

to explore treatments for aging.

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Source: ModernHealthcare