Who: Dr. Paul Tang, 62
New role: VP and chief health transformation officer at cognitive computing venture IBM Watson Health.
Background: Has served as chief technology and innovation officer at Sutter Health/Sutter Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif., where he has worked since 1998. He has also been co-chairman of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee at HHS since its inception.
CV: B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering, Stanford University; M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco; past board chairman, American Medical Informatics Association; member, Institute of Medicine.
Role of a supercomputer: “The human physician can really deal with only so much data … With computers, we can organize everything around a person's care. I would like the computer to sort that out and bring me that information, and that's what I, as a human, bring to this person and talk to them as a physician. It takes a lot of data about a lot of people, but the way to be relevant is apply it to the one (patient).”
Doctor's hours: Tang, an internist, will continue to see patients one day a week. “I always want to be in touch and see the fruits of what we do.”