To address the challenges in healthcare today, more innovation then ever is needed along with fresh ways of thinking, a top public health IT official said Monday, and there is a real potential for the government to be a “positive force” in this change.

Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer for the Department of Health and Human Services admitted at HIMSS15 in Chicago that the idea of government as an agent for change might not be the first thing in people’s minds. Yet, he said HHS can really drive change in positive ways.

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