Hillary Clinton's big agenda for technology targets women, millennials, digital innovators, big data, security, STEM, IoT – and more

Is it ambitious and specific, or too good to be true?
By Bernie Monegain
10:47 AM
Hillary Clinton reveals big technology agenda

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, revealed her Tech & Innovation Agenda on June 28 while on – where else? – the campaign trail.

Some pundits say it's too much, perhaps even "pandering." Others describe it as "surprisingly solid."

The plan is sweeping and detailed. It blankets many aspects of modern life: education, the economy, infrastructure, jobs, business, security – and healthcare.

Here we cherry-pick those proposed initiatives that most closely align with healthcare IT:

STEM: Invest in Computer Science and STEM Education. The plan would provide every student in American an opportunity to learn computer science. Clinton calls for engaging the private sector and nonprofits to train up to 50,000 computer science teachers in the next decade.

DIVERSITY: Diversify the tech workforce, putting a special emphasis on minority and women advancement in the fields of research, technology.

ACCESS: Increase access to capital for growth-oriented small businesses and startups, with a focus on minority, women, and young entrepreneurs.

STUDENT LOANS: Clinton would work to defer student loans. "A smaller proportion of millennials today are starting new ventures as compared to their predecessors. This is not for a lack of desire – more than half of America's millennials say they want to start a business – but barriers like student debt and a lack of access to credit are holding young people back.

[Also: Oh no, Donald Trump didn't! And what is the woman's card, anyway?]

INVESTMENTS: Invest in science and technology and R&D. The benefits of government investment in research and development are profound and irrefutable—they generated the science that spawned the Internet and the Human Genome Project, and have helped spark lucrative new industries and countless high-paying jobs.

CYBERSECURITY: Supports expanded investment in cybersecurity technologies, as well as public-private collaboration on cybersecurity innovation, responsible information sharing on cyber threats and accelerated adoption of best practices such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

DATA: Would continue and accelerate the Administration's open data initiatives, including in areas such as health care, education, and criminal justice.

INNOVATION: Calls for appointing a chief innovation advisor to spearhead reforms across the government such as that spurred by the bipartisan FDA Safety and Innovation Act, which created a pathway for the quicker approval of medical device innovations to catalyze technological development.

Read the full plan here.

Twitter: @Bernie_HITN
Email the writer: bernie.monegain@himssmedia.com

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