Federal CTO tracks eating habits via iPhone

By Brian Dolan
07:29 am

Matthew Holt from Health 2.0 recently interviewed the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra about his take on Health 2.0. Chopra is keynoting the Health 2.0 event in San Francisco next week. Chopra mentioned that he uses an iPhone application to track his eating habits:

"I would begin with [President Obama] who has been absolutely clear that if we move our healthcare system to one that rewards wellness and prevention in addition to what we currently do around managing sick patients, we will create the market conditions, I believe, that will spur innovation in that space. I can't tell you how various technologies will come together to convince me to be healthier," Chopra said.

"Everyday today when I visit a certain coffee shop, I enter into my iPhone -- I click, click, click -- and it tells me exactly what my sugar consumption patterns were from that grande vanilla nonfat latte, and it becomes very clear to me what this has done to my nutrition habits," Chopra continued. "So I don't know, and nor should the government be in a position to tell the country how and in what manner these applications should come together. If we create the market conditions that would spur market innovation: We hope to create a great deal of innovation anchored to the consumer and anchored around prevention and wellness. That's the opportunity in healthcare that everybody believes whether conservative or liberal."

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Check out the short video interview after the jump:


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