How Philly sees itself: Hub for health IT, civic hacking, tech diversity

Three areas where Philadelphia stands out.

January 13 | by Juliana Reyes

That’s when RoseAnn B. Rosenthal said it.

“I don’t want to be the Silicon Valley of anything,” said the longtime, esteemed CEO of state-backed investment firm Ben Franklin Technology Partners, sitting on a panel next to other healthcare and tech bigwigs who were part of the so-called Health Care Innovation Collaborative.

Ahh, shots fired.

Her comment was a clear, albeit playful, dig at Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty, seated just to the left of her, who has been known to say that Philadelphia should become the “Silicon Valley of health IT.”

Hilferty picked it up immediately, and with grace: “From now on,” he said, “I will never use the term ‘Silicon Valley of healthcare innovation.’”