Microsoft hires Massachusetts' Bill O'Leary
Microsoft Corp. has named Bill O'Leary the senior director for health and human services of its state and local operations.
O'Leary was secretary of Massachusetts' Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 1997 to 2001. He oversaw the development of MassCares, a data warehouse that the state uses to deliver services such as child and after-school care and health insurance to low-income families.
While working on MassCares, O'Leary said, he saw the need to integrate activities of 15 health and human services agencies with law enforcement. Integration has significantly reduced juvenile crime rates in the state, he said.
'I thought working with Microsoft would be a great opportunity to connect the issues I'm interested in,' O'Leary said. 'Especially now, states are struggling with budget problems. If their revenues have declined by 7 percent, their health costs have increased by 10 percent.'
IT can streamline the administrative costs, he said.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.