Tuesday, November 6
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
S98: National Health IT Priorities to Advance Research
Patricia Brennan, National Library of Medicine; Jonathan Wald, RTI; P. Jon White, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT; Teresa Zayas-Cabán, HHS
The pace of research and evidence generation is anticipated to accelerate dramatically due to significant increases in the routine use of health information technology (IT) and the introduction of novel sources of electronic data. It is critical for the health IT community to anticipate health IT infrastructure changes required to realize future advances. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Chief Scientist Division (CSD), charged with developing and evaluating ONC’s overall scientific efforts and activities, is leading an effort to understand and define the work needed to advance the nation’s health IT infrastructure over the next 3 to 5 years in support of innovative biomedical and health services research. This late-breaking session will describe ongoing work to identify health IT infrastructure gaps and the actions needed to address them. Each presenter will share their perspective briefly, allowing time for participant interaction during the session. The session will address a review of relevant efforts and gaps that emerged from that review, findings from a recent workshop that discussed possible actions needed, and national priorities. An important objective of the session is to inform the informatics community and gather participant input that will inform and strengthen the work being undertaken by ONC.
Wednesday, November 7
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
S113: The National Human Genome Research Institute’s Strategic Planning Process: Establishing a 2020 Vision for Genomics
Ken Wiley, Jr., NIH National Human Genome Research Institute
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has launched a new round of strategic planning that will establish a 2020 vision for genomics aimed at accelerating scientific and medical breakthroughs. In developing the strategic plan, NHGRI aims to identify paradigm-shifting areas of genomics that will expand the field into new frontiers and enable novel applications to human health and disease. To ensure the widespread relevance of our strategic plan, we are seeking input from the scientific, medical and diverse public communities to help guide our planning process.