Ryan Panchadsaram was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Blue Button program as part of the new White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The program pairs top innovators from the private sector, nonprofits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate on solutions that aim to deliver significant results in six months.
The Blue Button program is aimed at providing easy access to health records by enabling individuals to securely download their own health information via a simple text file, such as current medications and drug allergies, claims and treatment data, and lab reports. The Department of Veterans Affairs – working with the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Defense, and others – are collaborating on the project.
This is one in a series introducing 18 Fellows working on five initiatives that are part of the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Panchadsaram was most recently the head of Customer & Product at Ginger.io, a spin-off from MIT Media Lab, using big data to transform health.
He has been a Fellow at Rock Health, where his company Pipette was incubated and ultimately acquired by Ginger.io. He previously worked at Microsoft and Salesforce.com.
While at Microsoft, Panchadsaram was responsible for the user experience and design for Outlook for Mac 2011. During his time there, he filed multiple patents for innovations in geolocation, user interfaces, and large datasets. Panchadsaram sits on the board of SeventyK, a young adult cancer advocacy group.
A designer and engineer at heart, Panchadsaram recently won first place in The Guardian & Google’s International 2012 Data Visualization Challenge. He graduated from University of California-Berkeley with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
He lives in San Francisco, CA with his fiancée and their Australian Shepherd.