This panel consists of DJ Patil, John Mattison, Tim O’Reilly, and Benjamin West.
Dr. DJ Patil joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in February 2015, when he was named by the White House as Chief Data Scientist and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy. DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public.
Since joining OSTP, DJ has collaborated with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service as part of the Administration’s commitment to open data and data science. He is leading data science efforts related to the Precision Medicine Initiative, which focuses on utilizing advances in data and health care to provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients, while protecting patient privacy.
DJ joins the White House following an incredible career as a data scientist — a term he helped coin — in the public and private sectors, and in academia. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Product at RelateIQ, which was acquired by Salesforce. DJ also previously held positions at LinkedIn, Greylock Partners, and eBay Inc, where he oversaw initiatives at eBay, PayPal, and Skype.
Prior to his work in the private sector, DJ was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow for the Department of Defense, where he directed new efforts to bridge computational and social sciences in fields like social network analysis to help anticipate emerging threats to the United States.
As a doctoral student and faculty member at the University of Maryland, DJ used open datasets published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make major improvements in numerical weather forecasting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland College Park. DJ has also authored a number of influential articles and books explaining the important current and potential applications of data science. In 2014, the World Economic Forum named DJ as a Young Global Leader.
John is the Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Medical Director at Kaiser-Permanente, Southern California. He began his medical career at UC San Diego and Scripps Clinic, where he practiced in diverse clinical settings including emergency services, primary care, critical care, preventive medicine, hyperbaric medicine, trauma and helicopter medicine.
He joined the SCAL region of Kaiser Permanente in 1989, and directed the largest deployment of HealthConnect, Kaiser-Permanente’s revolutionary Health IT program that supports over 3 million lives and is used by over 5,000 physicians in 13 hospitals and 140 clinics. His team completed the project a year ahead of schedule and $260 million under budget. Kaiser Permanente has been awarded with the top HIMSS level 7 designations, and received the prestigious Davies Award in 2012. John has consulted internationally on various Health IT issues.
John has been actively involved in international health data standards and founded the XML work that led to the Clinical Document Architecture and the Continuity of Care Document. He is actively involved in state and federal policy and governance of Health Information Exchange, and has testified before various federal agencies on Health IT policy issues related to privacy and security. He is a member of the California State Privacy Steering Committee.
John continues driving towards better health and wellness through his work with Big Data Analytics, natural language processing, mobile consumer applications, and the use of these tools and genomics to drive truly personalized medicine. In January 2011, John was named as one of the first six to receive the Health Data Management recognition as a “Game Changer” in Health IT for his many contributions to this field.
In his spare time, John enjoys scuba diving, underwater photography, surfing, tennis, growing tomatoes, and most of all time with his family and three dogs.
Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
Ben West is author of insulaudit, an open source project to read
historical logs from medical devices like glucose meters and insulin
pumps. During the course of this research, he discovered that clever
auditing techniques could allow avoiding situations leading to adverse
events that are common throughout therapy. Ever since, his hacking has
been bent toward increasing “fidelity of care.”
He currently works with Meraki, Inc.
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