Tomorrow I’ll be speaking on a panel at Microsoft’s Innovation and Policy Center about the need for more coders in healthcare. It’s a discussion about the importance of computer science education and the need for it in healthcare in particular. When I worked at ONC, we had $118 million workforce training program which helped to build curriculum, train students, and establish testing criteria for them. This is all very important. In addition, though, it’s critical to help the tech community better understand healthcare and the policies that shape it. I work with a number of technology startups–and more established companies–that are entering healthcare with little knowledge of it. It’s so important to build links and understanding both ways: healthcare is more complex and deeply integrated with the federal government than many people realize–government is a regulator, payor/provider, employer, researcher, and the biggest all around mover of the healthcare market.