My personal philosophy of Government is one that takes a long-term view, provides infrastructure and conditions to enable Citizens, and holds the massive responsibility to self-regulate and optimize itself.
I have read four books recently that have really informed my views and inspired me about the role of our Government in Technology:
- Innovative State (Aneesh Chopra)
- The Industries of the Future (Alec Ross)
- The Clock of the Long Now (Stewart Brand)
- Thank You For Being Late (Thomas Friedman)
I want to see Government continue giving Entrepreneurs Access to:
- Policy Makers and Regulators
- Pilot programs
The Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and Big Tech Giants will build products, fund ideas and get innovation to the people. Government will ultimately set the regulations. Lately, Government has also taken on an increasing role in sponsoring hackathons and innovation challenges (Challenge.gov) to promote adoption of their data sources and generate awareness of their role in the overall tech ecosystem. From the JOBS Act to Patent Reform to Cybersecurity to the Open Data Initiative to the America Invents Act, there are many good examples of progress outlined on Whitehouse.gov.
I also recommend this Recode Decode interview with the U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil for good examples of how various Government Agencies are using data to iterate on problems.
As I zoom in on Healthcare and Life Sciences I think about:
- HL7, FHIR and data interoperability
- Open Data Initiatives and Data.gov
- FDA regulation, Medical Devices and GxP compliance
- HIPPA compliance
- Cures Act
- Why do we allow drug ads?
- Reproductive rights
- Medicaid, Medicare
- ACA impacts and opportunities
There are incredible examples of Government using their scale to make progress such as the Million Veteran Program (Genome study) in which Veterans volunteer their DNA analysis and health information into a massive database for Researchers. Government is also funding technology pilots and new approaches to improving care such as a Mount Sinai paramedicine pilot in which Paramedics consult via telemedicine with Docs and treat the patient in their home without transporting them to the hospital.
I hope our Government continues to build upon the power of open data, collaborate with Entrepreneurs and view Healthcare as a fundamental right for our society and citizens.