Susannah Fox, the former associate director of the Pew Research Center and more recently the "entrepreneur in residence" at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been named chief technology officer at HHS.
Fox will be the third CTO at the department and the first woman, replacing Bryan Sivak, who has held the post since July 2012. Spivak succeeded Todd Park who launched the position in 2009.
In a blog post on the HHS website, Fox said she intends "to support and expand the 'data liberacion' work" begun by Park to make federal healthcare data more readily available to researchers and entrepreneurs.
Fox will have her public debut of sorts in her new position and will “reconnect with old and new friends” at the upcoming Health Datapalooza an annual health information technology conference and data sharing promotional event also launched by Park in 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Fox worked at Pew for 14 years and was a key researcher for its Internet & American Life Project, focusing on health, health information technology, social media and patient engagement.