If Twitter a “standard-issue tool for government leaders?”

HHS CTO Todd Park said as much in a recent interview. The first chief technology officer of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is doing more than just working to make community health data as useful as weather data. HHS CTO Todd_Park (@todd_park) is using Twitter to accomplish the core goals of his role at HHS: innovate, communicate, and iterate.

“I just think that it is a fantastic way to get interesting messages out there, to get the word out about key things, to get feedback — all in an incredibly open, real-time way,” he said in an interview at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C. “I’m so enamored with it, actually, as a vehicle for interacting with the public and folks who are interested in improving healthcare that I actually think it should be a standard issue part of being a 21st Century government leader. I think every government leader should have a Twitter account and really be using it to talk to folks and get insight about what to do.”

What do you think?

More analysis of Twitter and government leaders at O’Reilly Radar.

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