Wil Yu

Senior Advisor, Innovation City and County of San Francisco

Wil Yu joined the San Francisco Civic Innovation Office in mid-2012 to support its open data and innovation efforts. He is currently collaborating and consulting with a number of organizations to support national care delivery transformation efforts. He recently helped to found a non-profit foundation dedicated to healthcare innovation and is the editor-at-large for new peer reviewed journal focused care delivery science.

Previously, he led nationwide healthcare innovation efforts through the Department of Health and Human Services, which he joined in 2009. There he headed several innovation grant programs and created the “Investing in Innovations” program, i2, which utilizes prizes and challenges to spur early stage innovations and community building. Mr. Yu was also the Director of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects program, funding breakthrough developments in health information technology. Key innovations supported by his office include mobile health, predictive analytics, gaming in healthcare, and clinical/business intelligence.

Mr. Yu served as a senior advisor at the newly formed CMS Innovation Center. In collaboration with the White House Startup America initiative, he lead the DC-to-VC effort—promoting market development, entrepreneurship, and investment in health technology. Wil co-founded the Federal mHealth Collaborative, advancing the development of national mHealth policies and programs. He has led several efforts at the intersection of games and gaming in healthcare and was on the HHS Innovation Council.