Federal Health Information Technology Research and Development Strategic Framework

The Policy

What it does

Examines current investments in health information technology (IT) and identifies opportunities and challenges in health IT research and deveopment.


The Federal Health Information Technology Research and Development (HITRD) Strategic Framework, was developed by the Health Information Technology Research and Development (HITRD) interagency working group (IWG) under the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The draft strategic framework was developed to examine current investments and identify opportunities and challenges in health information technology (IT) research and development (R&D).

Health IT R&D includes the use of digital information, data, and technology across the human lifespan in the areas of screening, diagnosis, treatment and surveillance; preventable medical error reduction; disease prevention; self-management of health behavior and wellness; healthcare; and disaster and emergency response that support improved individual and community health outcomes. Future health technologies are expected to improve through strategic research and development (R&D) in data management, including data quality and transmission, accessibility, usability, security and privacy, validation, verification, standards, and infrastructure. Advanced analytics, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics and data mining, networking, and communications are also required to make use of the data.

The HITRD Strategic Framework summarizes the motivators and challenges, needs, mechanisms of collaboration, and the ongoing research, in order to identify research gaps and allow for enhanced coordination and planning of Federal agency health IT R&D. It also aligns with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC's) Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 by focusing on Federal R&D investments. The intent is to improve medical, functional, and societal health outcomes through R&D in the use of data and IT for advanced health IT applications.

The request for public comment on the HITRD Strategic Framework was open from 5/30/2017 through 6/28/2017. Full details are available via the Federal Register, which is the source of this material.


The Science

The Debate