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.

 

Overview

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.

Strategic Priorities

  • 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.

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Chair

Wendy J. Nilsen Wendy J. Nilsen
Program Director, CISE/IIS
National Science Foundation
Dana Wolff-Hughes Dana Wolff-Hughes
Program Director, Risk Factor Assessment Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
National Cancer Institute
National Institute of Health

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