Accessibility & Usability in Health Information Technology (HIT) Conference

Event Date: 
September 17, 2015, 9 am to September 18, 2015, 12 pm


Accessibility & Usability in Health Information Technology (HIT)

A Research & Action Conference to Empower People with Disabilities, Older Adults, and Caregivers


To advance the priority of accessibility in HIT systems and tools from a compliance-­‐oriented approach toward one that is user-­‐driven, responsive to human-­‐centered consumer experiences, and results in increased patient engagement and improved health and wellness for individual disabilities, older adults, and caregivers.


  • To elevate the importance of accessibility and usability in the nation’s HIT agenda to better meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, caregivers, and providers.
  • To exchange perspectives among diverse stakeholder groups and identify barriers and potential levers of change for creating an accessible HIT ecosystem.
  • To highlight the latest research findings and identify best practices and actionable strategies that advance knowledge about health care methods, models, and tools associated with accessible, interoperable and person-centered health IT systems.
  • To catalyze new research and development initiatives and collaborative partnerships that move the accessible HIT agenda forward to achieving the Triple Aim of improved patient care, reduced costs, and improved health outcomes for individuals with disabilities, older adults and caregivers.


Welcome and Introduction

Panel 1: Voices and Perspectives of End User Needs, Barriers, and Opportunities Associated with Using HIT Systems and Tools

Panel 2: Building Blocks for Accessible and Usable HIT: Overview of Current Landscape - What Standards and Tools Exist and Where are the Gaps?

Panel 3: National Policy Perspectives: Incorporating Accessibility and Usability into HIT and Electronic Long-Term Services and Supports (eLTSS) Systems and Initiatives - Barriers and Levers of Change

Day Two Opening Remarks

Panel 4: R&D Perspectives: What We Know and Need to Know to Drive Accessible HIT Policy and Practice - Metrics, Data, and Best Practices

Panel 5: Industry and Advocacy Perspectives - Next Steps in Creating an Accessible HIT Ecosystem

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