The Digital Health R&D (DHRD) (formerly Health Information Technology Research and Development) Interagency Working Group (IWG) R&D aimed at improving the health of Americans by advancing technologies that support personalized health screening, monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment; disease prevention; emergency response; broad access to healthcare information and resources; and building and sustaining a diverse and highly skilled health IT workforce. The DHRD IWG reports investments across several Program Component Areas.
The Digital Health R&D (DHRD) Interagency Working Group was formed in 2010 as the Health Information Technology R&D IWG to coordinate Federal R&D for improving medical, functional, and public health outcomes across 15 participating agencies. Guided by the four fundamental challenges described in the Federal Health Information Technology Research & Development Strategic Framework, the IWG advances R&D by coordinating agency plans and activities, promoting collaborations, and providing a forum for exchanging information and articulating R&D needs to policy-makers and decision-makers.
Digital health, as defined by the FDA, includes a wide range of R&D areas, such as mobile health (mHealth), wearable devices, telehealth, and personalized medicine, as well as computing platforms, connectivity, software, sensors to collect data, and AI/ML to analyze health-related data.
- Accelerate the R&D and implementation of next-generation health IT tools and services to reduce administrative burden, enable a new bio economy, and serve the full community of users.
- Leverage the power of data, computing, and AI to promote infrastructure and standards for accessible, interoperable, reusable health data, devices, and related applications.
- Develop privacy-preserving and secure methods, standards, testing, certification, and data transfer strategies to make systems and repositories more robust and accessible for research collaboration.
- Provide education and training opportunities to build the diverse, highly skilled, and interdisciplinary health IT workforce of the future.
|Wendy J. Nilsen
Deputy Division Director
Information and Intelligent Systems (CISE/IIS)
National Science Foundation
Program Director, Risk Factor Assessment Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
National Cancer Institute
National Institute of Health
- Federal Listening Session on Interoperability of Medical Devices, Data, and Platforms to Enhance Patient Care, Silver Spring, Maryland, July 17, 2019.
- Federal Health Information Technology Research and Development Strategic Framework, HITRD IWG, NITRD Subcommittee, National Science and Technology Council, March 2020.
- Federal Register Notice: 84 FR 4544, Request for Information: Action on Interoperability of Medical Devices, Data, and Platforms To Enhance Patient Care, NITRD Subcommittee, submitted by the National Science Foundation, February 15, 2019. Public Responses
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